What is the role of therapeutic injections in the management of muscle spasm and myofascial pain?

Updated: Jun 19, 2018
  • Author: Anthony H Wheeler, MD; Chief Editor: Meda Raghavendra (Raghu), MD  more...
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Muscle spasm and myofascial pain (ie, trigger points) and treatment of syndromes considered controversial by some, such as that caused by the piriformis and scalene muscles (thoracic outlet syndrome), are other commonly considered indications for injection treatment. The tenets of managing these syndromes must be emphasized, however; therapeutic injections are considered adjunctive to an overall treatment plan that includes postural correction, ergonomic modification of contributory occupational factors, appropriate strengthening and flexibility exercises, and concomitant use of physical modalities.


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