If you are wondering if trigger point injections are right for you, you’ve come to the right place!
First—the facts on trigger points & injections:
- Trigger points are focal areas of muscle spasm, often located in the upper back and shoulder areas
- Trigger point injections involve the medication injected directly into the trigger point
- Trigger point injections can be used to treat a number of conditions including fibromyalgia, myofascial pain syndrome and tension headaches
A trigger point injection (TPI) will help to diagnose and treat chronic pain conditions where there is muscle sensitivity and pain. TPI treats any painful areas of muscle that contain trigger points, or knots of muscle that form when your muscles don’t relax.
Trigger Point Injection—The Rundown
During a trigger point injection procedure, a small needle is inserted into your trigger point. This injection contains a local anesthetic or saline and may include a corticosteroid. The injection will make the trigger point inactive and relieve pain. Injections usually take just a few minutes and several sites may be injected in one visit.
Will I Benefit from Trigger Point Injections?
TPI is helpful when a patient has a painful trigger point, or pain radiates from the trigger point to a surrounding area. TPI can be used to treat many different muscle groups. Common muscle groups include those in the arms, lower back, legs and neck. Trigger point injections can be used to help treat myofascial pain syndrome, fibromyalgia and tension headaches.
Your pain may go away right after your injection and never come back. Sometimes, the injection will only help to lessen any pain for a short time. In this circumstance, a second injection may be helpful.
What Happens After I Get Trigger Point Injections?
Any soreness may be relieved with an ice pack or massage. We strongly recommend ice, massage and stretching exercises for a few days following your procedure.
If you think trigger point injections may be right for you, please make an appointment with IMS Pain Management today to get you scheduled for a evaluation!
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