A Trigger Point Injection is used for relief of pain in specific muscles in the arms, legs, back and neck. These locations are stated by the patient, and can be administered in several areas. This type of injection is performed without x-ray guidance. The corticosteroid and local anesthetic used in this injection can help alleviate pain in the respective locations.
The appointment time for a Trigger Point Injection is approximately 30 minutes. When you arrive for your appointment, the clinical assistant designated to work with your physician documents your blood pressure, and reviews your medications and allergies for your safety. Medications and allergies are verified for your safety. The physician will ask you to localize the most painful areas that are causing you pain. You will be comfortably situated on an exam bed. Using sterile technique, your physician will deliver the corticosteroid and local anesthetic medication into the painful areas. After the injection is completed, a bandage is applied, and the patient will remain monitored for approximately 10 minutes prior to being discharged home.
Tenderness at the site of needle insertion may occur, in which case ice may be applied for 20 minutes every hour in necessary. A warm flushed feeling from the steroids can present at night time briefly. Normal activities can otherwise be resumed without restrictions.