Living with chronic pain can be challenging, affecting your daily activities and quality of life. If you’ve tried different pain management techniques without success, you may want to consider trigger point injections.
What are Trigger Point Injections?
Trigger point injections are a minimally invasive procedure that involves injecting a small amount of medication directly into a painful muscle or knot. These “trigger points” are localized areas of muscle spasm or tension that can cause pain, restricted range of motion, and stiffness.
The injection typically contains a combination of a local anesthetic and a steroid medication. The anesthetic provides immediate pain relief, while the steroid helps reduce inflammation and promote healing.
The procedure takes only a few minutes and can be performed in an outpatient setting.
How Do Trigger Point Injections Work?
Trigger point injections work by targeting the source of your pain. The medication injected directly into the trigger point helps relax the muscle and reduce inflammation, allowing for improved blood flow and oxygenation to the affected area. This can help relieve pain and restore function.
In addition to providing immediate pain relief, trigger point injections can also have long-term benefits. The steroid medication helps reduce inflammation, which can prevent the trigger point from becoming aggravated again in the future.
Over time, regular trigger point injections can help break the cycle of pain and tension, promoting healing and preventing future flare-ups.
Who Can Benefit from Trigger Point Injections?
Trigger point injections can be beneficial for a wide range of conditions that cause muscle pain, including:
- Myofascial pain syndrome
- Neck and back pain
- Joint pain
- Sports injuries
- Carpal tunnel syndrome
What to Expect During a Trigger Point Injection Procedure
If your healthcare provider has recommended trigger point injections, here’s what you can expect during the procedure:
- Preparation: Your healthcare provider will ask you to lie down in a comfortable position, usually on your stomach or back, and identify the trigger point(s) to be injected. The area will be cleaned with an antiseptic solution, and you may be given a mild sedative to help you relax.
- Injection: Your healthcare provider will use a thin needle to inject a small amount of medication into the trigger point(s). You may feel a slight pinch or pressure as the needle is inserted, but the injection should not be painful.
- Post-Procedure: After the injection, you may experience some mild discomfort or soreness at the injection site. This is normal and should subside within a few hours. You can apply ice to the area to help reduce swelling and discomfort.
You should avoid strenuous activity for a day or two after the procedure to allow the medication to take effect. Your healthcare provider will provide you with specific instructions on when you can resume normal activities.
If you’re experiencing chronic pain that’s impacting your daily life, contact Back to Health today at (217) 345-3045 to find out more information about our treatment options.