Can you identify your pain to a very specific point on your body? You may be a candidate for aTrigger Point Injection. Trigger point injections (TPI) are a medical procedure used to treat painful areas of muscle that contain trigger points, which are knots of muscle that can form when muscles do not relax.
Our Nurse Practitioner alongside Dr. Brad Richardson determines the injection site.
We do not use corticosteroids, which are synthetic and can have negative side effects. We administer lidocaine and a plant-based, natural, anti-inflammatory. Most of our patients experience relief immediately. This is one of our many options to help control pain and discomfort alongside our therapies that are treating the root of your condition.Here are key points about trigger point injections:
Purpose: The primary goal of trigger point injections is to alleviate pain and discomfort associated with trigger points. These points are often palpable knots or tight bands of muscle that can cause localized pain or refer pain to other areas of the body.
Procedure: During the procedure, the healthcare provider locates the trigger point through physical examination and palpation. Once identified, a small needle is inserted into the trigger point, and a mixture of lidocaine to help numb the area, and a natural anti-inflammatory is
injected. The injection helps to relax the muscle and reduce inflammation.
Anesthetic Effect: The local anesthetic provides immediate pain relief by numbing the affected area. This can be especially beneficial for individuals experiencing acute pain or muscle spasms.
Conditions Treated: Trigger point injections are commonly used to manage conditions such as myofascial pain syndrome, tension headaches, fibromyalgia, and certain types of muscle spasms. They can be part of a comprehensive treatment plan for individuals with chronic pain.
Safety and Side Effects: Trigger point injections are generally considered safe. However, as with many medical procedure, there are potential risks and side effects. These may include temporary pain at the injection site, bruising, or very rare complications such as infection.
Post-Injection Care: After receiving trigger point injections, we advise our patients to rest the treated muscle and avoid strenuous activities for a short period.
Effectiveness: The effectiveness of trigger point injections can vary from person to person. Some of our patients experience significant and long-lasting relief, while others may need repeat injections or a combination of therapies to manage their symptoms.