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Kenalog Injection

As part of my TMJ treatment, I received a Kenalog injection in my left masseter muscle.  Shortly after,  I noticed an atrophy in the masseter muscle close to where the injection was.  I asked if there were any side effects from the injection and was told that there were none.  I have since read otherwise.  Is this atrophy/muscle damage permanent?  I have read conflicting comments regarding this.  Also, I am now undergoing Electroacuscope/Myopulse treatment, which I'm happy to say has been successful (2 treatments thus far) for my TMJ.  Would  this treatment also help restore the masseter muscle and correct the atrophy?  I have read the following "It is an amazing treatment! It literally regenerates injured tissue by repairing damage at the cellular level."  

Your feedback is most appreciated.

sjen

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Atrophy from steroid injection is reversible and when the skin is involved generally lasts 6 months.  Are you sure the atrophy is in the muscle and not in the skin overlying it?  (You can see the skin, not the muscle.)  I would ask the doctor who did the injection whether muscle atrophy is even possible.  Anyway, it should be reversible.  As for "amazing" treatments etc., I'm afraid I know nothing of them, but am skeptical, especially in  conditions where time heals anyway.

Best.

Dr. Rockoff
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