Trigger points are tight knots of muscle that won’t relax. Medication is injected directly into the muscle to relax it and ease the pain.
How should I prepare for my procedure?
Do not eat solid food 3 hours prior to the appointment
If you have an active infection and are taking antibiotics, the medication course must be complete prior to the procedure
If you are taking blood thinners (Coumadin, Plavix or Ticlid), you will have to stop the medication prior to the procedure. Contact your healthcare provider before stopping any medication to determine if it is safe for you.
Inform us if you are or may be pregnant, or have allergies to medications or x-ray dye (contrast).
Arrive 15 minutes early to complete registration.
How long will my procedure take?
A trigger point injection will take about 30 minutes.
What happens during my procedure?
You will be positioned on your back or stomach on an x-ray table. The area to be injected will be cleansed with an antiseptic solution. After massaging the area, anesthetic will be injected into the knot to relieve the pain.
What happens after my procedure?
A summary of the procedure and findings will be sent to your healthcare provider.
Your activity level will vary depending on the location of the trigger point injection. Instructions will be given regarding any activity restrictions.
You may feel pain relief within minutes of the procedure. The injection can provide pain relief for days, weeks or months. You may need more than one injection.
For two to three days after the injection you may feel soreness or tenderness at the needle insertion site. You can use an ice pack for up to 15 minutes per hour to relieve any discomfort.