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Muscle and Tendon Injections

If you have “knots” in your muscles, or extremely painful and tight muscles that fail to relax, a muscle or tendon injection may be right for you. This injection is used to treat various tendons or muscle groups, especially those in the arms, legs, lower back and neck.

A brief course of treatment with muscle and tendon injections can result in longer-term pain relief. This can also allow you to perform stretching exercises and physical therapy that will help increase blood flow into the area and relax the muscle or tendon.


What to Expect

  • We’ll contact you prior to your appointment to review your current medications, your medical history, and potential risks. We’ll also answer any questions you may have about the procedure.
  • Be sure to tell us if you are pregnant, nursing, or if there is a chance you may be pregnant.
  • Contact your doctor before you stop taking any medication.
  • On the day of your exam, please arrive 15 minutes early to check in.
  • Although complications are rare, we will review possible side effects and risks with you prior to your exam so you can ask questions and decide if this exam is right for you.
  • When you arrive, you will be led to a changing room and given a pair of scrubs to wear for your exam. You will be given a locker to store your clothes, and anything else you may have with you during your exam.
  • In the procedure room, you will lie on an exam table and the skin in the targeted area will be cleaned.
  • Using imaging for guidance, the radiologist will insert a thin needle into the problem area.
  • Through the needle, a combination of anti-inflammatory (steroid) and anesthetic (numbing) medications will be given to decrease inflammation and relieve the pain.
  • If multiple pain sites exist, several injections may be required.
  • When your procedure is complete, you’ll be escorted back to the changing room so you can change out of the scrubs and back into your clothing.
  • You may experience some mild soreness at the injection site. Please call your provider’s office if you have any concerns.

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