Trigger points are hard nodules of muscle that are in a constant state of tension, which can lead to painful pressure points. These tense muscles can cause pain throughout the body, and they even may manifest as a significantly different issue by affecting surrounding nerves, which can make treatment difficult. For less serious knots, myofascial massage may release the tense muscle fibers and bring relief. For more serious trigger points or chronic trigger points, Trigger Point Injections (TPI) may bring relief from these knots.
What Are Trigger Point Injections?
Trigger point injections are used to relieve serious knots by rendering the muscle inactive and causing it to release. A practitioner will insert a small needle into the affected area of muscle, and deliver an injection of local anesthetic, saline, or even a corticosteroid. The injection causes the knot in the muscle to relax, relieving pain. If a medicine allergy is a concern, there is also a dry needle technique that may be used. These injections are frequently administered during a single appointment with your doctor and can treat multiple trigger points during one visit.
When Is Trigger Point Injection Used?
TPI can be used to treat many muscle groups, including the arms, shoulders, neck, lower back, and legs. It is used to alleviate myofascial pain syndrome, tension headaches, fibromyalgia, and trigger points when other treatments have not been effective.
Often trigger point injections are administered by rheumatologists, pain-management specialists, physical medicine, and rehabilitation doctors. You may also find that some family practice doctors, generalists, and neurologists use TPI to treat chronic conditions.
How Often Are Trigger Point Injections Administered?
In the best cases, a single injection is all it takes to relieve trigger point pain. Often, these cases involve a single trigger point after the cause of the trigger point, such as minor trauma or repetitive motions, has been resolved. Trigger points caused by chronic conditions may require ongoing treatment. The frequency of the injections often depends on the medication being used in the injection. Anesthetics will likely need monthly injections, while steroids may be administered far less frequently.
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