Trigger Point Injection
A trigger point injection is made directly into an area of muscle that is chronically contracted or tense due to issues such as from myofascial pain. The tense muscle fibers are easily felt beneath the skin.
How Is It Performed?
You may be asked to sit up or lie down, depending on the location of the trigger point. A small needle is inserted in the location of the trigger point. A long-acting steroid and local anesthetic agent are then injected to bathe the inflamed structures, thus decreasing your pain.
How Do I Prepare?
- Take your regular medications with a small sip of water.
- Arrive 30 minutes before your procedure.
- Do not take aspirin seven days prior to your procedure, and avoid taking NSAIDs three days prior to your procedure. Please inform us if you are taking any blood thinners.
- Wear loose, comfortable clothing.
After the Procedure
You will have some mild pain at the injection site, and the area served by the nerve may be numb for several hours from the local anesthetic. During the period of numbness and relaxed muscles following the injection, stretching and physical therapy are encouraged in order to prevent pain from returning to the same level it was prior to the injection.
You will be encouraged to use the muscle with full range of motion rather than hold it in a fixed position. You may return to normal activities the same day following the injection.