Procedure Prep - Trigger Point Injection
How should I prepare for my procedure?
If your previous imaging was not done at one of our locations, you may be asked to contact your former provider and request that your film be sent to us for a comparison study.
- If you have an active infection and are taking antibiotics, the medication course must be complete prior to the procedure.
- If you are taking blood thinners (Coumadin, Plavix or Ticlid), you will have to hold the medication prior to the procedure. Contact your healthcare provider before stopping any medication to determine if it is safe for you.
- Bring someone to drive you home after the procedure.
- Inform us if you are or may be pregnant, or have allergies to medications or x-ray dye (contrast).
- Arrive 15 minutes early to complete registration.
- Bring your insurance card and a valid photo ID.
- Clear liquid diet 3 hours prior to the procedure.
How long will my procedure take?
A trigger point injection will take approximately 30-45 minutes.
What happens during my procedure?
You will be positioned on an x-ray table. The area to be injected will be cleansed with an antiseptic solution. After massaging the area, anesthetic will be injected into the knot to relieve the pain.
What happens after my procedure?
A summary of the procedure and findings will be sent to your healthcare provider.
You may resume your normal diet and prescribed medications.
Your activity level will vary depending on the location of the trigger point injection. Instructions will be given regarding any activity restrictions.
You may feel pain relief within minutes of the procedure. The injection can provide pain relief for days, weeks or months. You may need more than one injection.
You may feel soreness at the needle insertion site for 2-3 days. You can use an ice pack for up to 15 minutes per hour to relieve any discomfort.