- We will call you prior to your appointment to discuss specific preparation instructions; medications you are taking, potential risks, past imaging exams you may have and give you an opportunity to ask any questions. We’ll also give you a general expectation in terms of time you’ll be in our center, but on average you should budget around one hour for this procedure from check-in until departure.
- You will lie on an exam table and the skin in the targeted area will be cleaned.
- A thin needle is used to inject a combination of anti-inflammatory (steroid) and anesthetic (numbing) medications into the affected area to decrease inflammation and relieve the pain. If multiple sites of pain exist, several injections may be required.
Trigger Point Injection
A trigger point injection may be right for you if you have "knots" in your muscles, or extremely painful and tight muscles that fail to relax. You may actually be able to feel the knot or it may twitch or spasm periodically. This injection is used to treat many muscle groups, especially those in the arms, legs, lower back and neck. In addition, this type of injection can be used to treat fibromyalgia and tension headaches.
Benefits of Trigger Point Injections
Long-term pain relief from trigger point injections is usually achieved with a brief course of treatment. In addition, the injection can help alleviate your pain, allowing you to perform stretching exercises and physical therapy that will help increase blood flow into the area and relax the muscle.
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Although complications are rare, we will review possible side effects and risks with you prior to your exam so you can ask questions and decide if this exam is right for you.
NOTE: This procedure is not performed in all of our centers. Please contact the location or region nearest you for more information or to schedule an appointment. We are happy to help answer any questions you may have!