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How frequently 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.

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Comment from: ann, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: July 02

I had trapezius injections, one visit 2 injections. I could not lay on my right side for 3 or 4 nights, felt as though my left side was going to explode, very painful, even when I tried to turn back over! Then I remained in that spot to stay away from the excruciating pain that I felt! Now a month after my trigger point injections, I still feel sore in that area and my pain still remains and worse in other areas. Now they want to send me to therapy with osteoarthritis that is severe in my cervical area which is what brought me in there in the first place!

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Comment from: Vancouverbc, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: March 10

I get trigger point injections (TPI) with saline only. It works wonders but I describe the pain the following days after as like having a charley horse. The needle is causing the muscle to spasm and then some neurons tell it to relax! I have fibromyalgia and have been in chronic pain for 6 years. I just started TPI 3 months ago and I am working my way around to the different muscles. Today he stuck needles in my neck, trapezius, and all down my arms. I will admit that it does hurt but so worth it! So far the worst pain was the gluteus minimus.

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