Trigger point injections are used to relax muscles that are not relaxing as a result of other treatment options. Medicine is injected into a “trigger point”. A trigger point is defined as a sensitive area of the body, stimulation or irritation of which causes a specific effect in another part, especially a tender area in a muscle that causes musculoskeletal pain when over stimulated.
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What Will Trigger Point Injections Effectively Treat?
Trigger point injections are used as effective treatment options for many situations, including:
- Back Pain
- Myofascial pain syndrome
- Nearly any muscle related pain
What Can You Expect From A Trigger Point Injection
The area will be numb for several hours because of the local anesthetic. The corticosteroids last in your system for about 30 days. The corticosteroids mimic the effect of hormones that your body produces naturally. These hormones suppress inflammation. Much of the pain that patients experience is myofascial pain, which is pain resulting from inflammation in the soft tissue and muscles of your body. So, the corticosteroid reduces inflammation and thus reduces pain.
There are times that a single injection provides long term relief. Certain circumstances may necessitate multiple injections. Please ask our doctors about your individual circumstance.
An Example Of How A Trigger Point Injection Might Work For Back Pain Follows:
Let’s assume that you have lower back pain that is muscular in nature. This pain could result from direct trauma, repetitive use of a muscle or overuse of the muscle in question, etc. You have had chiropractic adjustments and decompression therapy for several weeks to no avail. One of our Doctors will feel your back for an area that produces a twitch response and refers pain. The doctor is looking for small contraction knots in the muscle tissue. These knots or trigger points may irritate the nerves around them and refer pain to other areas of the body.
Once the doctor finds the area causing your pain or discomfort, he or she will typically inject a mixture of lidocaine and a corticosteroid into the area to relax the contraction knot thus relieving the pain.