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Doctor insights on: Trigger Point Injection Risks

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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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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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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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Abdominal trigger point injection locations.?

Abdominal trigger point injection locations.?

Many points: I usually feel the areas pf the abdomenal wall to find the tirgger points my self. ...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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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

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How long does a trigger point injection typically help with myofascial pain?

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

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Would a trigger point injection in just two areas be helpful for severe muscle knots? Or would more need to be done?

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

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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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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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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 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

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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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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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