How frequently do you receive trigger point injections?
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How often do trigger point injections need to be administered?
Optimally, a trigger point resolves after one injection. This may happen when a
patient has one isolated trigger point, especially if the cause of the trigger
point has been removed (such as a trigger point caused by a repetitive minor
trauma or movement that will no longer be performed). Trigger points caused by
chronic conditions such as fibromyalgia and myofascial pain syndrome tend to
recur due the underlying problem. In these cases, trigger point injections may
be administered on a regular or as needed basis. The frequency of trigger point
injections depends on the medication being injected. If only lidocaine or a
mixture of anesthetics is injected, then the injections can be administered as
ongoing therapy as frequently as monthly. If a steroid medication is injected,
TPIs should be administered much less frequently, at the discretion of the
treating health-care professional, because of the risk of tissue damage or
shrinkage from the steroid medication.