Botox Injection for Peripheral Nerve Entrapment: Post-Op Care

One of our subspecialized Musculoskeletal Imaging Physicians recently completed a Botox injection for peripheral nerve entrapment (piriformis syndrome) for you. Please follow the instructions below to speed your recovery.

  • You should be able to resume normal activities shortly after the injection.
  • You may experience bruising or bleeding at the injection site. You can use ice to help decrease any inflammation (swelling, pain and redness). Put crushed ice in a plastic bag or use a bag of frozen peas or corn. Cover it with a towel. Place this over the aspiration site for 15 to 20 minutes every hour as long as you need it. Do not sleep on the ice pack.
  • If bruising is a concern, avoid using aspirin or related products, such as ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin) or naproxen (Aleve) after the injection.
  • You may experience flu-like symptoms or a rash for a day or two.
  • Botox causes weakness in the muscles injected.
  • Botox injections when combined with physical therapy can greatly reduce the chance that pain from the peripheral nerve will return.
  • If you experience any swallowing or breathing difficulties, please call us immediately.

If you have any concerns or questions, please call 310-423-8000 and press option 3.