Trigger Point Injection

A trigger point injection (TPI) is a procedure used to treat areas of spasms and inflammation in the skeletal muscle. A TPI is an injection directly delivered to the trigger point on the body.

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Trigger Point Injection

Many people experience painful “knots” in their muscles that cannot be self-massaged away. These muscle “knots” may contract or spasm involuntarily, radiating pain through the body. A trigger point injection can be an effective way to treat and manage the pain experienced from these tensed muscles.  

A trigger point injection delivers medication with anesthetic and steroid directly to the trigger point on the body. The medication allows the muscle to relax immediately removing pain and discomfort. Trigger point injections (TPI’s) can provide immediate relief from these muscle knots.  

When the muscle is tensed into a nodule shape you can identify it as a trigger point. This muscle can become inflamed and cause uncomfortable spasms.  The doctor will press on the muscle to identify the knotted tissue and have the patient lay on their stomach or sitting on an exam table to administer the injection. 

Some common causes of trigger point pain are: 

  • Injured muscle
  • Torn Muscle
  • Prolonged Poor Posture
  • Lack of Regular Exercise
  • Vitamin Deficiencies
  • Sleeping Poorly

Relief from Trigger Point Pain 

These tensed muscles can feel extremely tender to the touch and cause a great level of discomfort. Trigger point injections can improve your performance in physical therapy or chiropractic therapy. TPI’s can also provide relief from myofascial pain or tension headaches that are a result of trigger point pain.  

Trigger point injections can also be used to treat pain from fibromyalgia, neck pain, Myofascial pain syndrome, and lower back pain. 

When someone suffers from pain caused by “knotted” muscles in the trigger points, they most likely suffer from the pain that also radiates to other areas of the body. A trigger point injection interrupts the nerve signaling pathways that cause referred pain, allowing for pain relief.   

A trigger point injection can be done inside a doctor’s office with a physician performing the procedure. Guided fluoroscopy is not needed for this procedure. After cleaning the area with antiseptic, the physician will inject the medication (a combination of anesthetic and steroid) and the muscle becomes released. After a TPI procedure, the patient may experience some mild discomfort from the injection site, but is able to go home after the injection.  


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If you would like more information about trigger point injections, please call Pain and Spine Specialists and speak to our dedicated team to improve the quality of your life. You can call (301) 703-8767 (Maryland Locations), (724) 603-3560 (Pennsylvania Locations), or (540) 433-1905 (Virginia Locations) and schedule an appointment today. 

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