What are Trigger Point Injections?
Trigger point injections are injections of anesthetic and steroid medication to treat trigger points, commonly known as knots, in the muscle fibers. These injections can be completed in office, and offer relief from the muscle pain.
What Does it Treat?
Trigger points are areas of tender muscle or connective tissue (fascia) that are painful when compressed, typically caused by trauma, repetition, or overuse. Some trigger points will cause pain that radiates through the muscle and fascia.
How Does the Procedure Work?
The patient will sit or lie down, depending on the location of the trigger point. The physician will locate the trigger point using touch and the patient’s feedback. Once located, the physician will inject anesthetic and steroid medication into the trigger point, making it inactive, allowing pain to alleviate. The physician will repeat this process for each trigger point the patient is suffering from.
What are the Risks?
With any injection, there is a risk of infection. Trigger point injections are considered to be extremely low risk, with minimal side effects.
Benefits of Trigger Point Injections
Trigger point injections offer rapid relief from muscle and connective tissue pain, allowing for patients to heal, and return to their normal lives.