Trigger point injections are a pain management technique in which a certified medical professional inserts a small needle into a specific area of pain in a muscle. Introducing anesthetic medication into the affected area will block pain receptors within the nerves, and thus eliminate pain signals being sent to the brain.
Now that we know the very basics of trigger point injections – the next question is: are they right for you?
At Midwest Neurology Associates, we provide patients with trigger point injections as part of our
pain management program in Munster, IN . To find out if this procedure is right for you, read our quick guide on everything you need to know if you’re considering this treatment option.
What medication is in a trigger point injection?
As stated above, the injection may be an anesthetic such as Lidocaine, Bupivacaine, a mixture of different anesthetics, or a corticosteroid. Another method of trigger point injection is referred to as dry needling, and no medication is injected. The needle itself will relieve the trigger point, thus easing the pain.
What’s a trigger point injection procedure like?
Typically, the patient sits or lies down in an exam chair or table, and a medical professional will locate the site for injection. Of course, the injection site is then sterilized, and the patient can choose to receive a numbing solution on the affected area to minimize feelings of discomfort. The doctor can now insert the needle into the trigger point, and the procedure is done. A bandage is then applied to the injection site, and the patient may or may not need to take anti-inflammatory medication afterward.
How often should trigger point injections be performed?
Best case scenario, a patient’s trigger point will be resolved after only one injection. One dose is standard for isolated trigger points, such as one caused by minor trauma. Chronic conditions including fibromyalgia or myofascial pain syndrome require more regular trigger point injections. The frequency of trigger point injections also heavily relies on the medication being injected. Trigger point injections utilizing lidocaine or a mixture of anesthetics can receive injections far more often than those getting steroid medication injections. Steroid injections run the risk of tissue damage or shrinkage.
Our multi-specialty medical group in Highland, IN focuses on pain management, rheumatology, physical therapy, and neuropsychiatry, as well as nutritional supplementation. If you or a loved one are interested in learning more about trigger point injections, and if they are right for you, contact Midwest Neurology Associate today to make an appointment! 219-200-4676