Lidocaine Injections

Making Your procedure more comfortable with Lidocaine Injections

Lidocaine is a local anesthetic or numbing medication. It’s used before several medical procedures, both minimally-invasive and surgical, to numb the targeted areas of the body. It numbs the targeted areas, thereby ensuring a comfortable experience during injections, surgeries, or the insertion of catheters.

Lidocaine is often combined with epidural or facet block injections to numb the assumed source of chronic pain, such as the facet joints assumed to be responsible for your pain. If the injection provides immediate relief, it indicates that the targeted facet joint is solely responsible. And failure indicates that another facet joint or nerve root is responsible.

What can I expect during lidocaine injections?

Lidocaine injections are usually delivered during in-office and outpatient procedures. Our physiatrists will run several tests and review your health history to ensure you’re suitable for lidocaine. The style of delivery depends on the purpose for which lidocaine is being injected.

When used as an anesthetic, the lidocaine injection is delivered directly into the body part being numbed via the skin. If you’re receiving the lidocaine injection to diagnose the affected nerves or facet joints, the physiatrist will inject it into the affected joints under ultrasound guidance. The physiatrist will monitor your vital signs and blood pressure while delivering lidocaine.

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When do I notice the results and are there any side effects?

Lidocaine is a fast-acting medication, and it should alleviate the pain within 90 seconds. The effects last for around 20 minutes.

It is a completely safe medication that received FDA approval in 1948. Common side effects include mild pain and discomfort at the injection site, lightheadedness, euphoria, low blood pressure, drowsiness, shaking, double vision, dizziness, and confusion. However, in rare cases, patients may experience seizures, slow heartbeats, or allergic reactions. Our physiatrists run tests to ensure you’re a suitable candidate for lidocaine injections.

Visit Glen Rock Spine & Rehab

Glen Rock Spine & Rehab is led by the most talented chiropractors in Glen Rock, New Jersey — Dr. Michael Lagana and Dr. Montero-Cruz. Our team uses the latest diagnostic tools and techniques to trace the root cause of your chronic pain, allowing them to curate a personalized treatment plan. We use lidocaine injections to ensure a painless experience and acquire diagnostic information about the location of your pain. Please schedule an appointment at our medical center in Glen Rock to discuss your treatment options.

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