When your muscles tense up and form knots that won’t relax, trigger point injections can be beneficial. These knots, or trigger points, often irritate nerves surrounding them, which is why you feel pain. During your procedure, your practitioner inserts a very small needle into your trigger point. This injection contains a numbing solution and often a corticosteroid. The injection helps your muscle relax and takes pressure off nerves, alleviating the unbearable pain you feel.
Possibly, although it’s going to depend on how well you respond to treatment. If you’ve had chronic pain from trigger points for years, you may need to come back in for additional injections. Often times though, men and women notice a decrease in pain after their first trigger point injection. If you have several trigger points, or a large trigger point, you might need several injections during your visit.
It’s normal to feel a slight sting or pinch when the needle is first inserted. But because part of the trigger point solution is a local anesthetic, the injection numbs the area almost instantly. This should minimize or completely get rid of any pain you may feel. For highly sensitive areas, your provider can apply a topical numbing cream to further minimize any discomfort during your session.
Trigger point injections are beneficial for an array of pain sources. Your practitioner helps you decide if you’re a good candidate for this type of treatment. Trigger point injections often are beneficial for treating pain caused by:
Yes. Trigger point injections aren’t for everyone. Sometimes they’re used as a part of your pain-relief plan, meaning you need some other treatments to go along with your injections. Patients who suffer from painful trigger points often find relief with:
Whether you want to try something other than injections, or you need an additional treatment, you still have plenty of options for treating trigger point pain.
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