Trigger Point Injections Overview
Trigger point injections are used to treat the pain or range-of-motion problems caused by tight or “knotted” muscles. The injection of a needle into the effected taut band of muscle fibers helps to release the tension and provide relief.
The injection usually contains a local anesthetic and a corticosteroid.Trigger point injections are usually preformed in an outpatient setting and the patient can return to their normal activities by the next day.
Advantages of Conservative Treatment
- Less expensive then surgery
- Little to no recovery
- No incisions or scarring
- No long term effects
- Done during an office visit
- Best used before considering surgery
- Immediate results
Conditions Treated with Trigger Point Injections
Trigger point injections relieve pain and swelling in deeply painful or “knotted” areas of muscles such as the neck, shoulders, lower back and in fibromyalgia and other chronic muscle pain disorders.