Trigger Point Injections
Injections are into knots of muscle that form when muscles will not relax, causing pain.
During the Procedure
This procedure only takes a few minutes. Numbing medication and then steroids are quickly injected into the targeted muscle.
Discomfort during the procedure should be minimal since the injection site is numbed with a local anesthetic using a very thin needle during the performance of the block. Afterward, the patient rests briefly in the office. Most people can drive themselves home, but should take it easy and not return to work or other taxing activities until the next day.
If a patient desires further sedation, that is certainly available. Usually this isn’t necessary and sedation does increase recovery time. Also a patient must then be driven home by a second party.
Degrees of response vary widely. Patients should report their degree of pain relief to Dr. Dumitru so any further treatment can be planned with accuracy.