Trigger points occur when muscles in the body become knotted or tight. These knots can form when muscles are overworked or injured and are typically found in the shoulders, neck, and back. When pressure is applied to these knots, they can cause pain in other areas of the body.
Trigger point injections work by injecting a small amount of anesthetic into the trigger point. This numbs the area and relaxes the muscle, relieving pain. One of the most common areas to get trigger points is in the back.
How Trigger Point Injections Work
Before resorting to trigger point injections, Alliance Orthopedics always considers nonsurgical treatment options first. Several of our innovative modalities have been proven to treat trigger points. These include:
If these nonsurgical treatments fail to provide relief, our team of pain management specialists may recommend trigger point injections. During the procedure, you will sit or lie down in a comfortable position. Your doctor will then locate the trigger point in your muscle and clean the area with an antiseptic.
A thin needle will then be inserted into the trigger point, and a mixture of anesthetic and steroid will be injected into the muscle. The anesthetic will numb the area while the steroid reduces inflammation and swelling.
Trigger Points: What to Expect After The Procedure
This procedure usually takes less than 15 minutes to complete. It’s normal to feel some pain and tenderness at the injection site for a few days after the procedure.
After a trigger point injection, you should be able to actively use the affected muscle. However, it is recommended that you avoid strenuous activity for at least a few days following the procedure.
Alliance Orthopedics is committed to helping you find relief from your pain. If you are suffering from trigger points, our team will evaluate your condition and create a customized treatment plan to help you find relief. From electrical stimulation to trigger point injections, we have the experience and expertise to help you get better faster.