Trigger Point Injection

Trigger Point Injection

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Trigger points are focal areas of muscle spasm, often located in the upper back or shoulder area. A Trigger Point Injection is where medication or a combination of medications is injected directly into the trigger point to alleviate the spasm, thereby, reducing your pain.

You will be positioned so the muscle(s) carrying a trigger point, which is located via ultrasound, may be accessible to the doctor. The skin above this area is then cleaned and the needle delivering the medication is inserted. Initial reactions such as sudden pain or spasm in the muscle(s) being treated are common and temporary.

Optimal trigger point injections may require multiple injections of the same area. This ensures complete coverage of the affected muscle(s) by the medications, and thorough deactivation of the trigger point.

The average trigger point injection procedure lasts several minutes.

Who is a candidate for Trigger Point Injections?

  • People who suffer from painful trigger points
  • People whose pain radiates from trigger points

Benefits of Trigger Point Injections:

  • Relieved muscle spasm
  • Decreased pain
  • Improved mobility
  • Rapid relief

Risks of Trigger Point Injections:

  • Local bleeding
  • Infection
  • Soreness at injection site
  • Medication side effects
  • Allergic reaction to medication

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