Trigger Point Injections
Relieving Chronic Pain For Patients Across Texas
What is it?
The trigger point injection procedure is a simple and effective way to reduce or relieve the pain associated with trigger points, especially in the neck, shoulder, arms, legs, and lower back. These small, tender “knots” can form in muscles or fascia, which is the soft, stretchy connective tissue that surrounds muscles and organs. These trigger points can cause significant discomfort and limited mobility. This procedure is designed to target the trigger points directly, using a small needle to inject an anesthetic mixture into the affected area. This can help to relax the trigger point and reduce inflammation, providing pain relief for the patient. Trigger point injections can be done in an office setting without anesthesia and typically takes only a few minutes to complete. Trigger points are commonly found in many pain conditions, including fibromyalgia, so this procedure could be a viable treatment option for individuals who are experiencing such conditions. This procedure could also help with muscle sprain/strain or muscle spasms.
How long does the pain relief last?
After a trigger point injection, the pain relief will generally start to set in around the 24-72 hour mark. Once in full effect, the pain relief tends to last for about a month. For long-lasting pain relief, your provider might suggest additional injections to bring you closer to total comfort. If you are struggling with chronic pain conditions, don't hesitate to reach out to Apex Interventional Pain & Spine today! Let’s schedule a consultation to discover how we can help you find relief.
How should I prepare for a trigger point injection?
Your provider will give specific instructions about preparing for a trigger point injection. Although, in general, there usually isn’t anything specific that needs to be done. However, it is important to make sure that you have a thorough conversation with your care team about any current medications that you might be taking, including herbs, supplements, or any medications that have been purchased over the counter. You should also let your provider know about your symptoms and overall health conditions, as this provides useful insight for your treatment plan. Trigger point injections are an outpatient procedure, meaning that you will likely be able to return home on the same day. Patients can typically use the affected muscle following the procedure, but it is recommended to avoid strenuous activities for at least a few days.