A soft tissue injection is a needle shot into a soft tissue space. Pain relievers and anti-inflammatory medicines are typically used in injections. These injections are also used to diagnose or treat different conditions.
Possible risks include tendon rupture, infection, loss of skin color, and thinning of the skin at the injection site.
The procedure is not painful.But the procedure can hurt if the needle touches the nerves and bone surfaces. Although the skin can be numbed, the injection of the numbing medicine often hurts more than the needle insertion itself.
Keep the injection site clean. Your doctor will give you instructions about activity and rest. Call your doctor right away if you notice redness or swelling.
In most cases, you can expect pain relief and improvement of your symptoms. If your doctor injects a corticosteroid, you may feel some pain at the injection site for a day or two. You can either put ice on the area for 15 to 20 minutes several times a day or take an oral pain reliever.