Trigger Point Injections

A trigger point injection (TPI) delivers medication directly to trigger points areas in body that are experiencing spasms and inflammation. The injection helps to reduce pain and discomfort by allowing the muscles to relax.

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Trigger Point Injections

Trigger point injections are commonly used to treat pain from tensed muscles (muscle knots), fibromyalgia, neck pain, Myofascial Pain Syndrome, lower back pain, or tension headaches. 

The injection uses anesthetic and steroid to disrupt the nerve signals in the body that cause trigger point pain. The procedure usually takes between 10-15 minutes to administer. Many patient experience immediate relief, but the full effects can take 2-3 days.

During your initial consultation our team of comprehensive pain specialists will evaluate your symptoms to see if Trigger Point Injections are the right option for you. Use our contact form here to schedule an appointment or keep reading about Trigger point injections by using the resource buttons below:

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What Is A Trigger Point Injection?

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

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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Frequently Asked Questions

Trigger Point Injections FAQ's

What types of doctors offer Trigger Point Injections?

Several types of doctors can offer Trigger Point Injections, including anesthesiologists, physiatrists, orthopedic surgeons, rheumatologists, and pain management specialists.

Is Trigger Point Injections covered by insurance?

Coverage for Trigger Point Injections varies depending on the insurance company and specific policy. It's best to contact your insurance provider for detailed information.

What are the alternatives to Trigger Point Injections treatment?

Alternatives may include physical therapy, medications, massage therapy, acupuncture, or in some cases, surgery.

Is Trigger Point Injections considered minimally invasive?

Yes, Trigger Point Injections are typically considered a minimally invasive procedure as it involves the injection of a local anesthetic into the trigger point or knot of muscle.

How do I find a Trigger Point Injections treatment center near me?

You can use online resources or directories, ask for referrals from your primary care doctor, or contact local hospitals or medical centers for recommendations.

How do I find a Trigger Point Injections specialist near me?

Similar to finding a treatment center, you can use online directories, ask for referrals from your primary care doctor, or contact local hospitals or medical centers.

Is Trigger Point Injections considered a minimally invasive treatment?

Yes, Trigger Point Injections are typically considered a minimally invasive treatment.

How much does Trigger Point Injections cost?

The cost of Trigger Point Injections can vary widely depending on factors such as location, the specific doctor or clinic, and whether it's covered by insurance.

What treatments are often tried before considering Trigger Point Injections?

Often, less invasive treatments like medications, physical therapy, and lifestyle changes are tried before considering procedures like Trigger Point Injections.

What are the reviews for Trigger Point Injections?

Reviews for Trigger Point Injections can vary widely, with many patients reporting significant pain relief, while others may not experience the same benefits or may have side effects. It's important to discuss these potential outcomes with your doctor.

Do Medicare and Medicaid cover Trigger Point Injections?

Coverage can vary, but generally, Medicare and Medicaid do cover Trigger Point Injections if they're deemed medically necessary. It's best to check with your specific plan and provider to be sure.

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