Trigger Point Injections
What is a Trigger Point Injection?
Trigger Point Injections or TPI are a type of injection that may be used to help relieve pain. This procedure is used to treat painful areas of muscle that contain trigger points, or knots of muscle that form when muscles do not relax. The injection relaxes the muscle and relieves pain by treating the trigger point, a small area in a muscle that is very sensitive to touch or pressure.
Where do Trigger Points Take Place?
Trigger points typically occur in the neck, back, and shoulders. Trigger points may feel tender, hard, or twitch when you touch them. Often, one can feel a knot or knots under the skin where pain is felt. In addition, trigger points may irritate the nerves around them and cause pain in another part of the body.
What Occurs During a Trigger Point Injection Procedure?
A physician inserts a small needle into the trigger point on the patient. The injection includes a local anesthetic or saline and may contain a corticosteroid. Once injected, the trigger point is made inactive and the pain lessened. The procedure usually takes place in the doctor’s office and only takes a few minutes. If a patient has an allergy to a certain drug, a dry-needle technique can be used. This type of method requires no medication.
When is a Trigger Point Injection Recommended?
Trigger Point Injections are used to treat many muscle groups; arms, legs, lower back and neck are the most common areas injected. TPI injections may also be used to treat other conditions such as fibromyalgia and tension headaches. Additionally, myofascial pain syndrome may benefit from this type of injection if not responding to other treatments.
Call Tarpon Interventional Pain & Spine Care to find out if this treatment would be right for you. One of our knowledgeable and friendly staff members will be happy to answer your questions and schedule a consultation with a pain specialist in Plano or Addison, Texas.