The Process of Trigger Point Injections

What to Expect and How to Prepare

At Tennessee Spine, we believe that understanding the process of trigger point injections can help patients in Sevierville, TN, and surrounding areas feel more comfortable and prepared for their treatment. Our licensed healthcare professionals are dedicated to providing comprehensive information to ensure a smooth and successful experience.

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Preparing for Trigger Point Injections

Before your appointment, it is essential to prepare for your trigger point injections properly. The following steps can help ensure a smooth process:

  • Inform your healthcare provider of any medications you are taking, including over-the-counter drugs, supplements, and prescription medications.
  • Avoid taking blood-thinning medications, such as aspirin or ibuprofen, for at least one week before the procedure, unless otherwise instructed by your healthcare provider.
  • Ensure you have a ride home after the procedure, as you may experience temporary numbness or weakness in the treated area.
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What to Expect During the Procedure

When you arrive for your trigger point injection procedure, your licensed healthcare professional will guide you through the process:

Positioning: You will be positioned comfortably on an examination table, either lying down or sitting up, depending on the location of the trigger points.

Locating the trigger points: The healthcare professional will palpate the affected muscles to locate the trigger points causing pain and stiffness.

Injection: The healthcare professional will clean the injection site and administer the trigger point injection, typically containing a local anesthetic and sometimes a corticosteroid, directly into the trigger point.

The procedure typically lasts only a few minutes per injection site, and the total duration depends on the number of trigger points being addressed.

Aftercare and Recovery

Following your trigger point injections, you may experience some mild soreness or bruising at the injection site. To aid in recovery, consider the following tips:

- Apply ice to the injection site as needed for 15-20 minutes at a time to reduce swelling and discomfort.

- Resume normal activities gradually, as recommended by your healthcare provider.

- Attend any scheduled follow-up appointments to monitor your progress and discuss any concerns with your healthcare provider.

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At Tennessee Spine, our licensed healthcare professionals are committed to providing the highest standard of care for patients in Sevierville, TN, and surrounding areas. If you're interested in learning more about trigger point injections or other services we offer, we encourage you to reach out and schedule an appointment.

Contact us today at (865) 286-5421 to discuss your options and take the first step toward improved joint health and overall well-being. Our team is here to support you every step of the way, from initial consultation to post-procedure care.

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