What happens after a trigger point injection procedure?

Travis M. Hendry, MD
Orthopedic Surgery
This is what happens after a trigger point injection procedure:
  • You will be monitored in the doctor's office for up to 20 minutes after the procedure. This allows the doctor to make sure you don't have reactions to the medication.
  • You may feel numb in your arms or legs for about an hour after the procedure. You may also get a bruise at the site of the injection.
  • You may feel sore around the area for a day or two. Your doctor may recommend that you put ice on the area for short periods throughout the next few days.
  • If the injection is into an arm or leg, you will not be allowed to drive. Someone else will need to drive you home.
  • In the first day after the procedure, it's important to stretch the treated area. Ask your doctor for stretching exercises that will help you heal.
  • Aside from the stretching exercises, you should relax for the first few days after the procedure. Your doctor may recommend physical therapy.
  • Be sure to follow up with your doctor to see how you're responding to the injection and to make any changes to your rehabilitation program.

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