Trigger point injections are in-office treatments for pain management in patients with muscle areas that do not relax. Trigger points are uncomfortable knots that form in the muscles. These knots may be felt beneath the skin and also may cause radiating pain due to irritation of the surrounding nerves. In some patients, they occur sporadically and are manageable using physical therapy or massage. In others, trigger points are chronically disabling, requiring trigger point injections. The injections contain a local anesthetic and corticosteroids to provide an instant numbing effect and immediately relieve pain.
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Frequently Asked Questions
Am I a candidate for trigger point injections?
You may be a candidate for trigger point injections if you have active trigger points that have not responded to physical therapy or other non-invasive treatments. Contact our office for more information about trigger point injections and to find out if they are right for you.
What should I expect during a trigger point injection?
Trigger point injections are performed in our office and take just a few minutes. Depending on your symptoms and the number of trigger points you have, we may make several injections in the same visit. We use a very fine needle to ensure our patients are as comfortable as possible during the injections. After the injection, pressure is applied to the muscle to help it relax.