A Trigger Point Injection is a non-surgical, outpatient procure for pain that only takes a few minutes to complete in the office. It is designed to reduce or relieve the pain of trigger points. Trigger points are small, tender knots that can form in muscles or the fascia (the soft, stretchy connective tissue that surrounds muscles and organs).
Once the trigger point is identified, the physician cleanses the skin and a topical anesthetic may be used to temporarily numb the area. Your physician will carefully insert a needle into the trigger point, injecting an anesthetic mixture, causing the trigger point to relax. While it is common to feel relief after one trigger point injection, each patient is different and your physician may recommend additional injections.
Trigger Point Injections are used to treat several different groups of muscles and conditions that cause pain. Some of the most common include:
- Lower back pain
- Neck Pain
- Tension headaches
- Myofascial Pain Syndrome
- Other chronic pain conditions