Timing for Injections to Start Working [Video]
Ask the Expert: Injections Video Series
About the video: How long does it take for the injection to start working?
Listen to Summit Orthopedics’ experts Pooja Mundrati, D.O., and Andrew Clary, D.O. explain the timing for different injections to start working.
Meet Dr. Pooja Mundrati
Dr. Mundrati’s approach: “Initially, I hope to help my patients understand what’s going on so that together we can choose the best treatment plan. Ultimately, my goal is to help my patients get better and get them back to what they enjoy.”
Dr. Mundrati’s education: Dr. Mundrati studied at the University of Chicago as an undergraduate in Chicago, Illinois. After earning her degree, she completed medical school at the University of Medicine & Dentistry of New Jersey School of Osteopathic Medicine in Stratford, New Jersey. Following her residency at Rutgers New Jersey Medical School/Kessler Institute of Rehabilitation in West Orange and an internship at the Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center in Chicago, she participated in the Interventional Spine and Sports Fellowship program at Desert Spine and Sports Physicians in Phoenix, Arizona.
Meet Dr. Andrew Clary
Dr. Clary’s approach: “I want to learn about you, your interests, and help you get back to the life you want to live.”
Dr. Clary’s background: Dr. Clary completed his undergraduate studies in Cleveland, OH at Case Western Reserve University. After earning his medical degree at Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine in Erie, PA, he attended the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center for both an Anesthesiology-focused residency and an Interventional Pain Medicine fellowship.
Summit Orthopedics offers comprehensive spine expertise
Summit Orthopedics’ spine care program is recognized by the National Committee for Quality Assurance for the comprehensive expertise of our patient-centered care. Our back specialists diagnose spine problems and design custom treatment plans built on a conservative, nonsurgical approach. Most patients find relief through treatments including guided injections, specialized physical therapy, biofeedback, exercise, activity modification, and medication. When conservative care does not relieve symptoms, our highly skilled surgeons offer proven, evidence-based surgical options. Together with you, we will determine the right course of action.
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Patients will often ask how long it takes for an injection to start working. So for an epidural steroid injection, you usually have a combination of anesthetic and you have steroid. The anesthetic will start working immediately, and that will actually wear off after a few hours, depending on the type of anesthetic. And then the steroid can take anywhere from two to three days to kick in, up until a week for some people. And so between the time that the anesthetic wears off and the steroid kicks in, there can be a little bit of discomfort, which is OK. We’re just giving the time for the steroid to kick in. So it can be a little variable for people. If we’re doing a diagnostic test, and we’ll educate you about that beforehand, it oftentimes will take minutes or so before medicine to kick in. It depends on the type of medicine that we use and the type of structure we’re trying to affect. Once that medicine goes in, you’ll know right away. And then it wears off fairly quickly, intentionally, so we can get the answers that we need. In other injections, it’s a therapeutic injection, and it can take a few days, usually two days or so. And if we use radiofrequency, if we use heat, those heat procedures to take care of the problem areas, that can sometimes take a few weeks after the final procedure is done for you to notice a benefit.