Used to treat muscle pain/muscle spasms such as in neck, shoulder or back pain.
What is a trigger point injection?
A trigger point injection is a type of cortisone injection used to treat pain related to muscle spasms. A trigger point is a knot, or a tight ropy band of muscle that forms when a muscle fails to relax. The knot often can be felt under the skin and may twitch involuntarily when touched (called a jump sign).
What should I do to prepare for the procedure?
Wear clothing that allows for easy access to the affected area if possible. No other preparation is needed.
What can I expect to happen during the procedure?
The injection itself is completed while you are seated or lying down. The area will be cleaned with an antiseptic solution. The “cortisone” (often combined with a local anesthetic) is then injected directly into the muscle.
What is exactly is injected?
A type of steroid called depo-medrol combined with marcaine (a local anesthetic agent). Depo-medrol is a type of a steroid known as a corticosteroid. These compounds have powerful anti-inflammatory properties. They can be injected into localized areas of inflammation to decrease pain and swelling.
How long will it take?
The actual injection only takes a few minutes.
Will it hurt?
You should only feel the typical mild to moderate discomfort associated with an injection.