What Are Trigger Point Injections?
Trigger points are focal areas of spasm and inflammation in skeletal muscle. Trigger points commonly accompany chronic musculoskeletal disorders such as fibromyalgia, myofascial pain syndrome, neck pain, and low back pain. A trigger point injection (TPI) is an injection that is given directly into the trigger point for pain management. The injection may contain an anesthetic such as lidocaine or marcaine for comfort, or a needle alone is inserted into the trigger point, and no medication is injected known as ‘Dry Needling’. With the injection, the trigger point is made inactive and the pain is relieved.
When Are Trigger Point Injections Used?
A Trigger point injection is used when a patient has a painful trigger point that may radiate from the trigger point to the surrounding area. Trigger point injections may be used as a treatment for Acute or chronic muscle pain and is typically performed in conjunction with Physiotherapy to improve range of motion and to decrease a future occurrence of pain.
How Often Do I Get Trigger Point Injections?
Optimally, a trigger point resolves after one injection. This may happen when a patient has one isolated trigger point, especially if the cause of the trigger point has been removed (such as a trigger point caused by a repetitive minor trauma or movement that will no longer be performed). Trigger points caused by chronic conditions such as fibromyalgia and myofascial pain syndrome tend to recur due the underlying problem. In these cases, trigger point injections may be administered on a regular or as needed basis. Treatment plans for Trigger Point Injections will be tailored depending on the patient’s needs and desired outcome by our physician.
Are There Any Restrictions After I Get A
Trigger Point Injection?
No, patients are encouraged to continue normal activities after the procedure.