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A trigger point injection is an injection of medication into a tight bundle of muscles called trigger points.
The physician is able to find these painful muscles during an exam.
In some cases muscle tightness continues and does not respond to usual treatments such as ice and heat, physical therapy or muscle relaxants.
To help relax the muscle, we inject either a local anesthetic (numbing medicine) or a combination of a local anesthetic medication and a steroid medication.
There are several possible complications; however, the risk is extremely low. They include mild skin irritation, mild bleeding and infection.
Your child can return to normal activities the next day.
You may find that your child's pain gets worse initially. Your child's doctor may order a small amount of pain medication for the first two days until the injected medication begins to work. This occurs because placing a needle into an irritated muscle causes more irritation.
The pain should begin to decrease about two days after injection.
About three days after the injection, call our office to discuss how your child is doing. You may also call us for questions or concerns at 1-513-636-7768.
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