Trigger point injections are intended to treat pain that radiates from a trigger point (sometimes referred to as “knots”) to a sensitive area in the muscle or connective tissue (fascia). Trigger point injections are used to treat conditions such as myofascial pain syndrome or other chronic pain.
During the procedure, the patient lies down on his/her stomach. A local anesthetic is used to numb the skin and the tissue down to the trigger point. The physician will use touch to find the affected trigger point and then gently advance the needle to the inject the medicine. The needle is then removed and a small bandage is applied. If there are no adverse reactions (allergic reaction), the doctor will release the patient to go home. This procedure is usually performed in the exam room.
What are the side effects or risks associated with a trigger point injection?
Trigger point injections are a low-risk, non-surgical tool to combat back and neck pain. As with any minimally invasive medical procedure, there are risks that you’ll want to discuss with your physician before treatment is administered. The potential side effects or risks are minor and occur infrequently:
Soreness and bruising where needle was injected
Potential infection at the injection point or the tissue
Pain relief immediately following the procedure
An allergic reaction to the medication
Am I a good candidate for this procedure?
Trigger point injections are a non-surgical treatment option for back and neck pain. Injections can be useful both for providing pain relief and as a diagnostic tool to help identify the source of the patient’s back pain. You’ll want to speak with a SpineOne physician who specializes in spine-related disorders to decide what treatment options are the best fit for you.
Is a trigger point injection better than taking oral steroids or painkillers?
A trigger point injection may be more effective than oral medication because it delivers medication directly to the cause of the pain. Depending on the severity of symptoms, this form of pain relief may be long-lasting or may be only temporary. You’ll want to discuss your options with a highly qualified physician that specializes in trigger point injections, like the physicians at SpineOne.
How many trigger point injections will I need to have?
If the first injection does not help suppress the pain, a second one may be recommended. Most physicians will do a maximum of three-trigger-point injections over the course of six months.
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