Trigger point injections are used to treat knots formed by tense muscles, or “trigger points”. These trigger points can be very painful, physically felt under your skin, and tend to twitch when they’re touched. These knots can cause irritation to the nerves around them, causing pain in other parts of your body as well.
Do you need Trigger Point Injections?
The main muscle groups that trigger point injections are usually used on are in the:
- Lower back
You may also be a good candidate for trigger point injections if you suffer from chronic tension headaches. Patients that have Myofascial Pain Disorder and have been unsuccessful with other treatments might also benefit from trigger point injections.
Trigger Point Injections Procedure
Trigger Point Injection Therapy is a mild procedure that is quick and minimally invasive. The injection is administered by a pain management doctor, and the patient does not need to be sedated. We inject the area with a local anesthetic in addition to a steroid if necessary. The medication will help reduce the pain at the trigger point.
How long do Trigger Point Injections last?
The primary purpose of the trigger point injection is to reduce the pain from trigger points enough so that the patient can perform activities normally and participate in any other therapy they may need. Different patients will react differently to the medication.
The local anesthetic used will leave the area numb for a few hours. If a steroid is used, it will generally remain in the muscle tissue for around a month.
It is best to come in and allow our pain management specialists to examine your pain to get a better idea of whether or not trigger point injections are a viable option for you.