What Will Happen?
- The medical officer will speak with you prior to your injection.
- The tender spots (or trigger points) will be palpated and marked with a marking pen.
- The area will then be cleaned with a chlorhexidine solution or alcohol wipe.
- Botox and local anaesthetic will be injected.
- The injection procedure takes approximately 15 minutes.
- You will be allowed home with your driver after your injection.
- Gentle activity and rest is recommended for the first 24 hours following the procedure. You may then return to normal activity.
- The local anaesthetic will wear off in next 12 – 18 hours.
- Botox will take approximately 5 days to start working.
- During the first 5 days you may experience some pain at the site of the injection and some flu-like symptoms.
Other possible side effects include headache, temporarily increased
pain, irritation of nerves at the injection site, and rarely paralysis
of muscle outside the area of spasm.
- Botox may remain effective for approximately 3 months.
If you require further explanation of the procedure, please contact Hunter Pain Clinic nursing staff on (02) 4985 1800.