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Patients receive several different types of injections at the Pain and Wellness Center. Depending on which injection you’ve had, the amount of time for pain relief will vary. An injection with an anesthetic drug may last for several hours, while an injection containing cortisone may last for several days, or indefinitely. For example: injecting the facet joints with an anesthetic drug may provide pain reduction while the area injected is still numb. A cortisone injection into the epidural space, however, can give long-term relief of pain, as cortisone is an anti-inflammatory drug.
Depending on the type of injection you received, you may experience immediate relief (if the injection had only an anesthetic in it.) If cortisone was injected, it may take between 2 and 10 days before significant relief is experienced. For this reason, we schedule a 2 week follow up appointment after many procedures.
Acupuncture treatments are usually one hour but in some cases half-hour treatments may be an option.