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Subject: Tendon Sheath, Ligament, and Trigger Point Injections

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Tendon sheath, ligament and trigger point injections may help manage some types of chronic pain caused by strain or injury to a tendon, ligament, muscle or muscle group,.

In a tendon sheath injection, your doctor inserts a needle into the sheath of tissue surrounding the affected tendon. For a ligament injection, your doctor will insert the needle into or near the affected ligament. With trigger point injections, the needle is placed within areas that are painful on compression in the affected muscles. Your doctor then injects medicine to block the pain and reduce swelling. This treatment is frequently done in an outpatient setting.

Your doctor may first try other more conservative treatments to relieve your pain. If these do not work, your doctor may then try tendon sheath, ligament or trigger point injections.

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Visit WebMD for more information on using injections to treat pain.



Note: For all medical decisions about this service, Florida Blue uses the Position Statement in the Clinical View of this medical coverage guideline. To make the best decision for your health needs, talk to your doctor. The services covered vary from health plan to health plan. Refer to your health plan contract for complete information about your coverage.


Tendon sheath, ligament or trigger point injections may be covered if certain requirements are met.

Visit the Clinical View of this guideline for specific coverage information.


• Federal Employee Program (FEP): Certain exceptions apply.

• State Account Organization (SAO): Certain exceptions apply.

• Medicare Advantage products: Certain exceptions apply.

Visit the Clinical View of this guideline for more coverage information.

Refer to your health plan contract for complete information about your coverage.

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