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Are trigger point injections cumulative over time? Q:I have been getting weekly trigger point injections for a month. I don't see any improvement. Are the injections cumulative over time or can you suggest anything else for pain?
One should know immediately whether a myofascial trigger point injection is effective. Firstly, if the trigger point is accurately located there should be a sharp pain when it is pierced; sometimes this is associated with a muscle twitch and pain referred to a nearby location. So it is important to provide this feedback to your doctor. Assuming the injection fluid contained a local anesthetic, there should be an almost immediate reduction in pain that lasts for several hours. A more long-lasting effect often takes a day or two to become apparent. The effectiveness of trigger point injections seldom lasts more than a... [more]