This page will explain what will happen after your injection treatment and how to contact us about your progress.

What happens next?

Your response to the injection treatment will either be assessed before you leave the Day Surgery Unit or you will be asked for feedback 6 weeks after the treatment.

The next step in your treatment will be decided according to your response to the injections. Any further appointments will be sent to you in the post.

If you were not asked for a pain assessment by the nurses before you left the hospital today, please follow these instructions:

In 6 weeks’ time

Please complete the feedback form:

You will be asked how much pain relief was provided by the injection and what improvements you have noticed.

The improvements may include being able to sleep better, do more physically, reduce medication or you have noticed improvements in your mood and general wellbeing.

If you are not able to access the online form, please telephone your Pain Consultant’s secretary 6 weeks after the injection treatment. The contact number is at the end of the leaflet.

If your pain has improved significantly, you will not need a routine follow up appointment. Instead you will be given a 6 month open appointment during which time you can contact us should your pain become difficult to manage again.

After the injection

In the days following your injection you may have:

  • mild discomfort around the site where you had the injection. This is expected and should settle.
  • an increase in your normal pain, this is usually temporary. You can take your normal pain relief to reduce any pain. If the pain is severe, please contact your GP for advice.
  • temporary weakness and numbness in the limb or area that was treated. If it was safe to do so you may have been discharged home with these symptoms. Please take care to protect the area/limb until normal sensation returns; this will help to prevent accidental injuries.
  • an allergic reaction to the injection which results in redness and itching around the injection site. This is not serious, although we need to know about it for future treatments.
  • facial redness or flushing as a normal response to steroid injection treatment.

Injection site

You may have a dressing over the injection site, which you should remove later the same day


If you develop any of the following complications please contact your GP urgently.

Outside normal working hours you should contact NHS 111.

  • Signs of infection such as a fever, chills or redness around the injection site.

Please attend the Emergency Department urgently if you experience any worsening limb weakness or new loss of bladder or bowel control. This will need urgent assessment by a medical professional.

In the rare event that you need to seek the help of your GP or the Emergency Department please take your discharge paperwork with you for their information.

Getting the most from the injection(s)

Our website has a range of information which you may find useful, please visit:

If the injection has improved your pain, we would advise you to use the opportunity to gradually increase your activity.

This is the most important aspect of managing your pain in the longer term.

If you have already been provided with exercises, you should start these very gently and build up repetitions and frequency gradually.

If you need further advice, we suggest starting with the exercises from our website:

More specific advice and self-referral information can be found on the physiotherapy website: offer/physiotherapy/

Or by telephone:

Gloucestershire Royal Hospital

Tel: 0300 422 8527

Monday to Friday, 7:30am to 5:30pm

Cheltenham General Hospital

Tel: 0300 422 3040

Monday to Friday, 8:00am to 5:00pm

North Cotswolds Hospital

Tel: 0300 421 8815

George Moore Community Hospital

Tel: 0300 421 6953

Tewkesbury Community Hospital

Tel: 0300 421 6133

Winchcombe Medical Centre

Tel: 0300 421 6133

Lydney Hospital

Tel: 0300 421 8711

Dilke Memorial Hospital

Tel: 0300 421 8711

Stroud General Hospital

Tel: 0300 421 8895

Vale Community Hospital

Tel: 0300 421 8481

Tetbury Hospital

Tel: 01666 501 766

Cirencester Hospital

Tel: 0300 421 6270

Fairford Hospital

Tel: 0300 421 6470

Contact information

NHS 111

Tel: 111

Pain Consultant’s Secretaries Dr Makins

Tel: 0300 422 2558

Dr Young

Tel: 0300 422 3383

Dr Bodycombe

Tel: 0300 422 3198

Dr Patel

Tel: 0300 422 2558

Dr Harper

Tel: 0300 422 3383

Dr Rea

Tel: 0300 422 2804

Printable version of this page

Pain clinic aftercare Department: Pain Service Review due: May 2024 PDF, 705.6 KB, 4 pages
Reference number GHPI1096_05_21
Department Pain Service
Review due May 2024