Trigger Point Injections
Trigger point injections are a combination of a local anesthetic and an anti-inflammatory steroid. The pain management treatments target trigger points, which are essentially knots in muscles. These muscle knots can contribute to pain and can also lead to referred pain, which is felt elsewhere in the body. Trigger point injections are most commonly used in the shoulders, lower back, and neck.
How it Works
Trigger point injections relax the muscles and help to break apart the painful knots. The injection takes just a few minutes, and x-ray imaging is used in order to ensure accurate placement of the needle.
Trigger point injections are used for painful areas of muscle, including a primary muscle problem or secondary issues that stem from trauma or fibromyalgia. Trigger point injections can also be used in cases of chronic muscular pain.
You will feel relief immediately from the steroid, and more long term relief from the steroid in a few days. Repeat injections may be needed.
You will likely experience some soreness at the injection site, but this is only temporary. Serious side effects, like infection and bleeding, are rare. You will be able to resume regular activities the next day.
Want to learn more about trigger point injections or to schedule an appointment? Contact Allied Pain & Spine Institute today.