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Will the needle or i.V. Hurt during the trigger point injections?

Will the needle or i.V. Hurt during the trigger point injections?

Yes: Trigger point injections are usually painful, but when performed correctly can be very helpful in relieving pain. ...Read more

Dr. Sandra Lora Cremers
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How often can trigger point injections be done?

How often can trigger point injections be done?

Every 2-4 weeks: Depends on what your insurance will approve. For most of my patients I can do them every 2-4 weeks. ...Read more

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Are thoractic trigger point injections done under fluoroscopy?

Can be: Can be done either way. It is not required, depends on the anatomic location and doctor preference. ...Read more

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What are the alternatives to trigger point injections in the hip and lower back?

What are the alternatives to trigger point injections in the hip and lower back?

'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

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What is the definition or description of: trigger point injections?

What is the definition or description of: trigger point injections?

Muscle knot shot: A trigger point is a local island of muscle spasm or muscle knot. The application of a needle with or without injectant can cause the muscle to release or relax toward normalcy. ...Read more

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What drug is injected with trigger point injections?

What drug is injected with trigger point injections?

See below: Typically, it's a steroid, such as Kenalog and Lidocaine mixed together. You can just do one or the other as well or just use a needle — called dry needling. ...Read more

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Do trigger point injections help with fibromyalgia pain?

Do trigger point injections help with fibromyalgia pain?

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

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How often can trigger point injections be done for myofascial pain?

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

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How many trigger point injections can be done in one appointment for myofascial pain?

Typically will be : Between two to three muscle groups bilaterally, so between 4 to 6 injections. ...Read more

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How long will my back and shoulder be sore after trigger point injections? It has been 13 hours and I am still really sore!

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

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Any trigger point injections for cervical spine disc herniation?

Any trigger point injections for cervical spine disc herniation?

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

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What are trigger point injections given for?

Trigger points: Trigger points are "knots" in muscular tissue. Usually the injections are given when those knots do not respond to less invasive treatment. ...Read more

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Back problems for years. It's now radiating down the arm. Doc wants to do trigger point injections, should I do it?

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

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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.

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

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How do trigger point injections work for cervical spine disc herniation?

How do trigger point injections work for cervical spine disc herniation?

Symptom relief: If a disc herniation is causing muscle spasm and localizable pain the injection can decrease pain. It will have no effect on the disk herniation itself or any spinal cord or nerve irritation caused by pressure from the herniation. ...Read more

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What causes painful muscle knots in the neck/shoulder region? Will massage help? Will trigger point injections helps?

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

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Had trigger point injections of Prednisone about 5-6 wks ago. How much would this raise my BS and for how long a period?

Had trigger point injections of Prednisone about 5-6 wks ago. How much would this raise my BS and for how long a period?

Blood sugar: Current practice is not to use steroid in TP injections, That being said — how it affects your blood sugar and for how long depends on hoe much was used and whether it's a Depo preparation or not, ...Read more

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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

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What are the effects from Depo-Provera Medrol (methylprednisolone) + lidocaine in trigger point injections?

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

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How many trigger point injections would be needed to help with bad neck muscle pain?

How many trigger point injections would be needed to help with bad neck muscle pain?

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

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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

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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?

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?

See below: You can discuss this with your doctor. Steroids are good for inflammation, but can cause increased anxiety in some individuals. Injection with a local anesthetic may be a good option. ...Read more

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Will trigger point injections with toradol cause stomach upset?

Will trigger point injections with toradol cause stomach upset?

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

Dr. Praveen Mambalam
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Trigger Point Injections (Definition)

A trigger point is a local island of muscle spasm or muscle knot. The application of a needle with or without injectant can cause the muscle to release ...Read more