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Is Trigger Point Injections Safe During Pregnancy
Yes: Trigger point injections are usually painful, but when performed correctly can be very helpful in relieving pain. ...Read more
When your due date arrives, you will be more than ready to have your baby! Most women deliver the baby somewhere between 37 and 42 weeks. According to the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, only 5% of babies arrive on the exact due date. Approximately 7% of babies are not delivered by 42 weeks, and when that happens, it is referred to ...Read more
That is the limit: For which they should be done.Get a more detailed answer ›
Can be: Can be done either way. It is not required, depends on the anatomic location and doctor preference. ...Read more
'Alternative': Accupuncture, accupressure, reflexology, yoga, meditation, hypnosis are non-medical practices that have good results for many people. You can read about them and inquire or try them. They will almost certtainly do no harm. Explore and good fortune — find one that feels right and makes sense to you. ...Read more
No: Any physician can do a trigger point injection. ...Read more
Yes: Query is whether trigger point injections can ameliorate fibromyalgia pain. Trigger points are able to be detected by sensitive touch, ultrasound, chemical and blood flow changes, and oxygen deficits. Trigger points seem to be effectively reversed by massage, trigger point injections, and acupuncture. ...Read more
It depends on what: Solution is used. If it is only lidocaine or mixture of saline and lido it can done monthly. But if there is steroid mix within, then should be much less frequent and I do not advocate for any steroid use as it really doesn't provide any additional benefit base on current medical evidence. ...Read more
Typically will be : Between two to three muscle groups bilaterally, so between 4 to 6 injections. ...Read more
How long will my back and shoulder be sore after trigger point injections? It has been 13 hours and I am still really sore!
Usually a waste: You do not state why they were given but trigger point injections are generally a waste of time and provide at best only very short term benefit. ...Read more
Would trigger point injections help my son? He has tried pt, accupuncture and aqui therapy w/o relief. Recommend a physiatrist in the li, ny area.
GUA SHA?: If he has trigger (ashi) points, korean scraping can be very beneficial. ...Read more
Typically not: Trigger point injections are best used for spasm and pain in the muscle. If the pain is originating from a cervical disc herniation, the trigger point is usually not successful, and even when it is, rarely gives any lasting relief. ...Read more
Back problems for years. It's now radiating down the arm. Doc wants to do trigger point injections, should I do it?
Back and arm pain: How far down the arm is the pain radiating? What is the quality of the pain? These answers would be helpful to evaluate causes and direct treatment. ...Read more
Hello, I had trigger point injections this morning due to chronic shoulder problems. What are side effects if I am still breastfeeding?
None: There are no risks but shouldn't you ask that question before the injection is given? ...Read more
Is it okay to repeat trigger point injections in 3 weeks? The doctor did the injections only on my right side. The injections have a steroid.
Should be fine: Based on your question, I assume the injections will be on your left side which should be fine. Three weeks for repeat cortisone injections in the same area would be too soon for me. Massage, physical therapy, topical anti inflammatories, or even oral medications could be other options. Good luck. ...Read more
Yes: I have found injections are very helpful ...Read more
What causes painful muscle knots in the neck/shoulder region? Will massage help? Will trigger point injections helps?
Myofascial pain: You're not alone--This is a very common but poorly understood disorder. We weren't evolved to be spending all day with our shoulders crunched up, typing on computers! Ergonomic changes help some people, and massage and trigger point injections also help some people, as you mention. Discuss ergonomics with your PT, she/he may be a good resource for you. ...Read more
Had trigger point injections of Prednisone about 5-6 wks ago. How much would this raise my BS and for how long a period?
I've had 4 sets of trigger point injections done. Helps for 3-4 day each time. Should I keep getting them. Really bad muscle spasm pain.?
Probably not: If they are lasting only 3-4 days at a time, it is not to your benefit to keep getting them. The bigger and more important question is what is the root cause of your pain and what needs to be done to give you more permanent relief from your pain. If you have not had a mri of the spine and soft tissues in that area you may consider requesting one for a more definitive diagnosis and treatment plan ...Read more
I get trigger point injections for spasms related to cerv. Spondyl. Doc said when needle went in, muscle felt like gristle. Why would that be?
Very Normal: Very normal: this is simply fibrous tissue which delineates and separates separate muscle groups. ...Read more
What are the effects from Depo-Provera Medrol (methylprednisolone) + lidocaine in trigger point injections?
Quick relief: A trigger point can occur from many factors but it ends in a dysfunctional muscle fiber. The addition of Lidocaine or steroids to just the insertion of the needle into the muscle probable does not result in a better outcome. However, the local anesthetic does result in immediate relief if not temporary. In my opinion steroids do not help in this situation. ...Read more
I have depression/anxiety. I am worried about neuro effects of steroids used in trigger-point injections. Should I ask doc not to use steroids in TPI?
Depends on response: To the initial shots. Your Doc who is giving you these shots would be able to inform you as to how many you receive. Everyone is different and would have a different need of the number of shots. ...Read more
I have really bad muscle knots in my shoulder/neck region. Really painful. What type(s) of Doctor does trigger point injections?
Sequencing: First, get a visit with an osteopathic or physiatrist specialist, and uncover causation. Although TPI's might indeed be useful, other therapeutic interventions might be better, so start with understanding and move to rehab. ...Read more
I have myofascial pain syndrome I will not do trigger point injections or cortisone shots and muscle relaxers knock me out what else can I do for pain?
See below: I don't think you would be getting a TP injection with tornados. That is a medication that should go into a large muscle and it isn't used to release TP's. ...Read more