Relieve Pain and Achieve your Optimal Quality of Life
A trigger point is a tender area of your body, often a muscle, which when pressed, causes pain. Normal muscle contracts and relaxes. At trigger points, the muscle may fail to relax and a knot or tight band of muscle is formed.
Trigger point injections usually contain local anaesthetic and a small amount of steroid and are used in an attempt to reduce this pain. The steroid we use is not licensed by the Medicines Control Agency for this procedure, but it has been used without any problems in millions of patients worldwide and is routinely used for this purpose in many UK hospitals.
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Treatment Summary at a glance
One – Three
Minor pain at injection site
Pain free joints
Between a few months and a lifetime
Within two days
Within two weeks
How does it work?
Injecting local anaesthetic and steroid anti-inflammatory can help decrease swelling and inflammation. This may help reduce your pain and abnormal sensations and help to improve mobility.
The injection site will be cleaned with antiseptic solution and some local anaesthetic will be injected into your skin. This will sting briefly. You may feel a pushing sensation as the needle is put into the right place.
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At consultation, your Consultant will be able to tell you if you are suitable. We may need an MRI or x-ray to confirm next steps.
The procedure is relatively pain free. There is some discomfort with needle insertion which we minimise by numbing the skin over the joint with a local anaesthetic. If you’re in any pain post-procedure, you will be discharged with pain relief.
Regenerative cell therapy takes between 1-2 hours. Pain reliving injections take no more than 20 minutes per joint.
All procedures are carried out under local anaesthetic so within one and three hours of your procedure, patients are typically discharged. All patients should have a chaperone (friend, family member or carer) to collect them after their procedure and remain with them on their journey home.
You are likely to feel mild pain in the joint for two to three days, however the pain can be managed with regular strength painkillers.
Post procedure, you should refrain from strenuous activity for at least two weeks.
Patients can feel immediate pain-relief. If this is not the case, do not worry, effects may take some days to come through and research has found it could take between 3-5 days.
Depending on the joint issue you present with, there may be a couple of ways to diagnose your pain and thereby find you a lasting solution.
Firstly, you will have a telephone consultation with one of our highly trained patient advisors. This patient advisor will ask you a series of pre-assessment questions to better understand your personal needs.
You will then be invited for a consultation with one of our leading experts. To better gain an understanding of the problem, the Consultant may suggest you receive an x-ray or an MRI.
What is an x-ray?
A diagnostic test that can help identify what issues are causing the pain.
What is an MRI?
A diagnostic test using a magnetic field and radio waves for a detailed image of both joint and soft tissue.
What is an ultrasound?
Typically a handheld device that provides an on the spot image of the soft tissue.
Once we’ve received the results of your diagnostic tests, our team will be able to advise you on next best steps to get you pain free.
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