What is a Trigger Point Injection?
Trigger point injections are injections of anesthetic, saline, and/or corticosteroid into painful areas of muscles that aren’t able to relax. These knots of muscles are referred to as trigger points, and they are able to affect other parts of the body.
Where and When are Trigger Point Injections Used?
Trigger point injections can be used to treat painful knots in the neck, arms, lower back, and legs. Individuals with myofascial pain syndrome can also respond positively to trigger point injections.
What Happens During a Trigger Point Injection?
During a trigger point injection, one of our professional healthcare staff members will ask the patient to sit in a position where the trigger point is easily accessible. If necessary, ultrasound technology can find the area. After the skin is disinfected, our staff member will use a small needle to inject an anesthetic, saline, and/or corticosteroid into a group of muscles that have formed into a painful knot or are just unable to relax. This only takes a few minutes.
Once the injection is complete, the trigger point is inactive and the patient feels immediate relief. For sustained relief, a brief course of treatment is often recommended. Sometimes, patients need several areas injected in one visit.
How Do I Know if I Have a Trigger Point?
Signs of a trigger point include:
Trigger points can affect an area of the body’s movement and function. The more severe the case, the more likely the person’s quality of life is impacted.
What Else Can Be in a Trigger Point Injection?
Drugs in trigger point injections can include lidocaine, procaine, or botulinum toxin A (botox).
Side Effects of Trigger Point Injections
Common side effects of trigger point injections are bleeding or injection in the skin injected. This can be avoided by keeping the injected area clean and bandaged post treatment.
Trigger point injections may be the solution to your pain. Contact Pain Stop Clinics today to talk to a professional about whether trigger point injections are right for you.
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