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Trigger Point Injection Risks
Yes: Trigger point injections are usually painful, but when performed correctly can be very helpful in relieving pain. ...Read more
See below: I do quite a bit of TP injections and I've seen them not help at all up to completely getting rid of the pain prior to leaving the office and never coming back. ...Read more
That is the limit: For which they should be done.Get a more detailed answer ›
Would a trigger point injection in just two areas be helpful for severe muscle knots? Or would more need to be done?
No hard & fast rule: The only way to know is to have it done and see how you respond. Trigger-point injections can be remarkably effective, but everyone is different. If you need more done, more can always be done. Cross that bridge when you come to it. ...Read more
Please help! Can trigger point injection cause hot/cold burning all over the body as a side effect for a couple of month? Body feels hot but also cold
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
Can be: Can be done either way. It is not required, depends on the anatomic location and doctor preference. ...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 does a trigger point injection provide relief on average and is there a limit of how many can be done each year? I have really bad muscle pai
Trigger point inj: The actually injection just allow the muscle to relax a little for you to do stretches and help prevent the muscle from being tense again. You can have them at least once a month if there is not steroid or Botox being used in it. ...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
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
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
Could trigger point/scalene/pec minor botox injections affect a surgery in any way? If having a surgery 1-2 weeks after the botox? Thoracic outlet syn
Botox: After 36 hrs the Botox has bound to the neuromuscular junction. There is no free drug available. Just make sure your surgeon is aware. ...Read more
Pain in Right Leg Hamstring Area for about 1 yr and 7 mnths. Need help with treatments. Do I need trigger point injection? Cannot afford medical care.
Nerve /disc: Unlikely a pulled muscle would Hurt after 19 months. What triggered this? You may have a bulging disc in your back affecting the nerve going to your hamstring.. Try over-the-counter anti-inflammatories. Find a clinic that can see you. Trigger pt injections treat symptoms. You need to know the cause of your problem to effectively treat it. ...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
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 of time?
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 an 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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