Trigger point injections are generally used to treat chronic muscle pains and other chronic conditions, such as fibromyalgia and headaches. The exceptional physiatrists at Glen Rock Spine & Rehab use the latest diagnostic tools and techniques to identify the root cause of your chronic pain and curate the ideal treatment plan. We use trigger point injections to relax the underlying muscles and alleviate discomfort without resorting to surgeries or narcotics.
Treating Chronic Conditions
Which conditions do trigger point injections treat?
- Myofascial pain syndrome
- Strains and sprains
- Muscle stiffness and weakness
- Muscle injuries and trauma
- Neck and shoulder pain
What are trigger point injections?
Trigger point injections are highly-curated medications consisting of a local anesthetic (lidocaine), a corticosteroid, and botulinum toxin A. The formulation is injected into the myofascial trigger points, i.e., the tightened muscle bands with sensitive bundles of fibers, to relax the muscles and alleviate chronic muscle pain. Trigger point injections usually offer immediate relief with improved mobility. However, it can take several days or weeks to achieve complete pain relief.
How do trigger point injections work?
Myofascial trigger points develop due to various factors, such as injuries, trauma, repetitive movement, poor posture, and stress. You can usually feel the trigger points in the form of muscle knots protruding from the skin’s surface. The components in trigger point injections mask the pain and relax the muscles, alleviating myofascial pain syndrome.
The lidocaine in trigger point injections blocks the pain receptors in your muscles, alleviating pain and discomfort. The corticosteroids reduce the inflammation caused by the trigger points in the muscles and surrounding tissues. And the neurotoxin protein blocks communication between the nerves and affected muscles, allowing the overworked muscles to relax. Collectively, these processes alleviate chronic myofascial pain.
How are trigger point injections performed?
Your pain management journey at Glen Rock Spine & Rehab starts with a comprehensive consultation with our exceptional physiatrists. We review your health history, discuss your symptoms, and run advanced diagnostic tests to visualize the trigger points and overworked muscle knots. After identifying the location of your pain, we curate the ideal trigger point injection treatment plan.
The trigger point injection is performed as an in-office procedure. The physiatrist presses down on the affected muscles to identify the specific trigger point. In some cases, an ultrasound might be used to guide the treatment, ensuring optimal results without unwanted side effects or complications. The needle with the trigger point medications is injected into the targeted muscles, alleviating pain and discomfort. The procedure concludes in a few minutes.
What are the side effects of trigger point injections?
Trigger point injections may cause mild and temporary numbness and pain around the injection sites. In some cases, the skin around the injection site gets discolored and dimpled. However, the pain, swelling, and tenderness usually wear off in a few hours.
Visit Glen Rock Spine & Rehab
Glen Rock Spine & Rehab is a state-of-the-art pain management center specializing in the latest interventional and regenerative treatments. Dr. Lagana leads a team of exceptional chiropractors who use cutting-edge diagnostic techniques, such as digital x-rays and ultrasound, to visualize the root cause of your pain. Based on our diagnosis, we perform highly calibrated trigger point injections to alleviate discomfort and restore optimal health. Please schedule an appointment to discuss your trigger point injection options.