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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.

Find your nearest hospital that provides this treatment
Bournemouth  

67 Lansdowne Road, Bournemouth, BH1 1RW

01202 291866
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Brentwood  

Shenfield Road, Brentwood, CM15 8EH

01277 695695
Overall rating Good
Brighton  

Warren Road, Brighton, BN2 6DX

01273 624488
Overall rating Good
Bristol  

3 Clifton Hill, Clifton, Bristol, BS8 1BN

0117 906 4870
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Cambridge  

4 Trumpington Road, Cambridge, CB2 8AF

01223 370919
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Cardiff and Vale  

Cardiff Bay Hospital, Dunleavey Drive, Cardiff, CF11 0SN

02920 836700
Cheltenham  

Hatherley Lane, Cheltenham, GL51 6SY

01242 246 500
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Chester  

Wrexham Road, Chester, CH4 7QP

01244 680 444
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Chichester  

78 Broyle Road, Chichester, PO19 6WB

01243 530600
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Derby  

Rykneld Road, Derby, DE23 4SN

01332 540100
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Exeter  

Wonford Road, Exeter, EX2 4UG

01392 262110
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Glasgow  

25 Beaconsfield Road, Glasgow, G12 0PJ

01413349441
Guildford  

Stirling Road, Guildford, GU2 7RF

01483 555805
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Haywards Heath  

Burrell Road, Haywards Heath, RH16 1UD

01444 456999
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Hereford  

Venns Lane, Hereford, HR1 1DF

01432 355 131
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Ipswich  

Foxhall Road, Ipswich, IP4 5SW

01473 279100
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Leeds  

2 Leighton Street, Leeds, LS1 3EB

01133 882 067
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Leicester  

Scraptoft Lane, Leicester, LE5 1HY

0116 2769 401
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Newcastle upon Tyne  

Clayton Road, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, NE2 1JP

0191 281 6131
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North Staffordshire  

Clayton Road, Newcastle-under-Lyme, ST5 4DB

01782 625431
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Oxford  

Beech Road, Headington, Oxford, OX3 7RP

01865 307777
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Plymouth  

Derriford Road, Plymouth, PL6 8BG

01752 775861
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Shrewsbury  

Longden Road, Shrewsbury, SY3 9DP

01743 282628
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Taunton  

Staplegrove Elm, Taunton, TA2 6AN

01823 286991
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Tees  

Junction Road, Norton, Stockton on Tees, TS20 1PX

01642 367439
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Tunbridge Wells  

Kingswood Road, Tunbridge Wells, TN2 4UL

01892 531111
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Warwickshire  

The Chase, Old Milverton Lane, Leamington Spa, CV32 6RW

01926 436351
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Wessex  

Winchester Road, Chandlers Ford, Eastleigh, SO53 2DW

02380 266 377
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Woking  

Shores Road, Woking, GU21 4BY

01483 227800
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York  

Haxby Road, York, YO31 8TA

01904 715000
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