Pain Stop Clinics offers trigger point injections to treat hyper-irritable muscle fibers that cause pain. A trigger point is a tiny knot of muscle that develops when a muscle has been overworked or injured. These knots create pain either at their exact location or referred pain connected to different areas of the body. Referred pain is often due to the trigger point resting on or near a nerve. By focusing the injection specifically on the trigger point the pain and inflammation is reduced and the muscle can begin to heal.
Once the inflammation is reduced, massage therapy and physiotherapy techniques help to eliminate the pain and rehabilitate the muscle fibers. Pain Stop Clinic’s trigger point treatment uses a unique therapeutic approach and is a tested treatment program that prevents future trigger point inflammation.
At Pain Stop Clinics we specialize in treating trigger point pain and any pain conditions affecting your muscles and joints. Contact one of our Phoenix area locations to schedule a free consultation.
What are trigger point injections?
Trigger point injections are typically safe low-dose steroid options and local anesthetic. The steroid helps to reduce the inflammation and promotes healing of the muscle tissue, while the anesthetic provides pain relief.
Where will the doctor inject the medicine?
The trigger points are often times described as knots in specific areas where multiple muscle bands meet. The doctor will mark and target the trigger point muscle bands so the medicine is injected exactly where it is needed.
What is the purpose of the injection and how will it help my pain?
The purpose of the injection is to provide pain relief but the objective is to help the muscle relax and heal. When the muscle relaxes, the blood flow to that muscle increases and washes out the painful toxic metabolites that were building up.
How is the injection performed?
Your physician will identify the trigger points and mark the locations. Your skin will be sterilized with alcohol and a tiny needle is used to inject the medicine to the trigger points. You will feel a small sharp pinch when the needle hits the painful location. Then local anesthetic and safe low-dose steroid option is injected and a bandage is placed.
How long will the procedure take?
The injection itself only takes a few minutes but you will need to be monitored after the injection until the medical staff provides you with check out and after care instructions.
Will I be “put under” for the injection?
No, you will not be “put under”. You will be given a local anesthetic or sometimes a pill given by mouth. The pill is sedating and will make the procedure easy to tolerate.
What should I expect after the injection?
Initially, the injection site will be sore and the pain can temporarily increase until the medication takes effect. Complete pain relief and healing may take up to two weeks. To help minimize your discomfort please use your pain medications as prescribed. The use of ice for the first 24 hours (in 20-30min intervals) and moist heat after that may also help manage your discomfort. We advise the patients to take it easy for a day or so after the procedure. Perform activities as tolerated.
Contact one of our Phoenix area locations for treatments.