TRIGGER POINT INJECTIONS

Introduction:

A trigger point injection (TPI) is a procedure used to treat painful areas of muscle that contain “trigger points,” or knots of muscle that form when muscles do not relax. A TPI may also be called a myofascial trigger point injection (MTPI).

TPIs are usually done with a local anesthetic and a steroid. The local anesthetic numbs the area and the steroid reduces inflammation. TPIs can also be done with just a local anesthetic or just a steroid.

What is a Trigger Point?

A trigger point is a tight band of muscle that forms when muscles do not relax. A trigger point can cause pain in the muscle and the area around the muscle. Trigger points are also called knots.

When a trigger point is pressed, it may feel tender or painful. The pain is often described as a deep ache or a burning sensation. Trigger points can occur in any muscle in the body. They are most common in the muscles of the neck, shoulders, back, and hips.

What happens during a Trigger Point Injection?

A TPI is usually done in an outpatient setting, which means you can go home the same day. The procedure takes about 15 minutes.

  • First, your skin will be cleansed with an antiseptic. Then, a needle will be inserted into the trigger point. You may feel a brief sting when the needle is inserted.
  • Once the needle is in place, the local anesthetic or steroid will be injected. The needle will then be removed and a small Band-Aid may be placed over the injection site.
  • After the procedure, you will be monitored for a short time in case you have any reactions to the medication. You can go home after the procedure.

What are the risks of a Trigger Point Injection?

TPIs are generally safe and effective. However, as with any medical procedure, there are some risks. These include:

  • Allergic reaction to the medication
  • Bleeding or bruising at the injection site
  • Infection
  • Pain at the injection site
  • Temporary numbness or weakness in the muscle
  • Tingling or burning sensation in the muscle

What are the benefits of a Trigger Point Injection?

TPIs are a safe and effective way to relieve muscle pain. They can be done in an outpatient setting, and most people feel relief from their pain within a few days.

If you have chronic muscle pain, talk to your doctor about whether trigger point injections may be right for you.

Conclusion:

Trigger point injections are a safe and effective way to relieve muscle pain. They can be done in an outpatient setting, and most people feel relief from their pain within a few days. If you have chronic muscle pain, talk to your doctor about whether trigger point injections may be right for you.