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How Do Trigger Point Injections Help Relieve Muscle Pain?

Trigger points are painful knots or nodules in your muscles that can be very sensitive to the touch. They typically form after acute trauma or repetitive microtrauma, leading to stress on the muscle fibers. Trigger point injections (TPI) are a safe and effective way to release the muscle from its contracted state, thereby decreasing subsequent pain and inflammation.

What Muscles Can Trigger Point Injections Treat?

While trigger points can develop in any muscle, the most common muscle groups that are affected include:

  • Masseter (a muscle in your jaw)
  • Levator scapulae (a muscle on each side of your neck)
  • Temporalis (a muscle on each side of your head)
  • Trapezius or traps (the muscles extending over the back of your neck and shoulders)
  • Sternocleidomastoid (a muscle in front of your neck)
  • Quadtratus lumborum (a deep muscle in your low back)
  • Gluteus medius (a muscle in your hip)

Trigger point injections can also assist in alleviating the pain associated with muscular sprains and strains by speeding up the healing process.

What Other Conditions Trigger Point Injections Used For?

Other than the typical myofascial (muscular) issues, trigger points can be used for a number of other conditions as well, such as:

  • Back or spinal column issues including bulging or herniated discs, spinal stenosis, or sciatica
  • Pinched nerves and other nerve issues, such as carpal tunnel syndrome
  • Degenerative diseases, such as arthritis
  • Tension headaches
  • Chronic conditions such as myofascial pain syndrome or fibromyalgia
  • Poor posture, including scoliosis
  • What to Expect

    During this procedure, a doctor will identify these trigger points or areas of discomfort within the body. Because of their tightness and inflammation, these targeted areas may aggravate the nerves and muscles surrounding them. Therefore, when a doctor injects medication into the site, it can relieve the pressure and associated discomfort.

    The injection typically includes a local anesthetic or saline and may contain a steroid as well. Injections take mere minutes in the doctor’s office and are known to cause only minimal discomfort. More often than not, the discomfort is caused because the trigger points are tender in and of themselves. Once the local anesthetic is administered, most begin to feel relief.

    After the treatment, you can usually go home and actively use the affected muscle as normal. However, you should abstain from strenuous activity for the first few days. The relief sustained with TPI can last for about one month; however, recurring injections may be needed to achieve long-term pain relief.

    Contact Us

    If you are suffering from myofascial or musculoskeletal pain and suspect it may be from a trigger point, contact us today at (727) 310-5772 for more information or to schedule a consultation. You may be a particularly good candidate if your muscle pain has not improved with other treatments, such as pain medication, massage, or physical therapy. After careful examination and assessment, our doctor will be able to determine if it is the right course of action for you.

    We can jump start your healing process and free you from your pain with the best regenerative medicine treatments available. Call us to schedule an appointment.
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