• Overview

Or call us on

01243 530600
Overall rating Good

Trigger point injections are used to apply a local anaesthetic and steroid to an inflamed area to relieve pain.

Trigger points are areas of tenderness under the skin that cause pain when pressed. They are usually a result of a muscle that fails to contract (or relax) forming a knot or tightness. Trigger points can cause pain by trapping nerves around the muscle. They can also cause pain in other areas due to pressure on a nerve.

What are trigger point injections?

Trigger point injections are used to apply a local anaesthetic and steroid to an inflamed area. They are usually done on a day case basis meaning you should be able to go home the day of the surgery.

We will help you get into a comfortable position to allow your consultant easy access to your trigger point(s). If you are having sedation during the procedure a tiny needle called a cannula will be inserted in the back of your hand to allow the anaesthetic to administer the sedation.

Your consultant will clean the injection area and they may apply slight pressure to the area to confirm the exact location. They will inject a local anaesthetic and may also inject a steroid. You may feel discomfort but this should ease very quickly. The trigger point will soon feel numb and heavy. This feeling will ease as well.

Although the injection takes just a few minutes, you will need to stay with us for a few hours for observation. We will monitor any side effects and confirm any weakness or numbness decreases.

Going home after trigger point injections

You will not be able to drive so please arrange for someone to drive you home when you are discharged.

Once you are home you should rest for the first few hours before gradually returning to your normal activities. Most people notice a decrease in their pain but this sometimes takes a few days. The steroid may not take effect for up to 10 days after your injection. You may have bruising or stiffness on the injection site.

You should increase your level of activity slowly while carefully monitoring your pain. In some cases patients require follow up injections.

Chichester Hospital

78 Broyle Road, Chichester, PO19 6WB

01243 530600
Switchboard 01243 530600
Enquiries 01243 753 010
Outpatient Bookings 01243 753 001
Radiology 01243 753 018

Ways to pay

Nuffield Health promise

Our prices are all-inclusive. We will equal any comparable price. There are no time limits on your aftercare.

Paying for yourself

There are no hidden costs in our treatment prices. The price you see is the price you pay.

Find out more

Personal medical loan

Spread the cost of treatment with a 10 month interest free personal medical loan.

Find out more

Medical insurance

We work with you and your insurance provider to get you the treatment you need quickly

Find out more