What Are Trigger Point Injections and Why Would I Need Them?
Trigger Point Injections (TPI) are a medical procedure used to alleviate muscle pain and discomfort caused by trigger points. Trigger points are small, tight knots or bands of muscle fibers that form when muscles fail to relax after contraction. These points can be a source of localized pain or may refer pain to other areas of the body.
Trigger point injections can offer several benefits to individuals experiencing muscle pain and discomfort caused by trigger points. Work or auto injuries can cause pain in trigger points. Injuries such as repetitive strain or trauma from accidents can lead to muscle tension and the development of trigger points, which may cause localized pain and referred pain to other areas of the body. Further, those with myofascial pain syndrome may benefit from TPI. Overall, these injections are particularly beneficial when other conservative treatments have been ineffective. TPI works to relax the tense muscle fibers, alleviate pain, and improve mobility.
Trigger Point Injection Benefits
Firstly, trigger point injections provide localized relief by directly targeting the tense muscle knots or trigger points. The injection of a local anesthetic numbs the area, reducing pain signals sent to the brain and providing immediate pain relief. Additionally, if a corticosteroid is included in the injection, it can help reduce inflammation around the trigger point, offering longer-lasting relief.
Secondly, trigger point injections can improve muscle function and mobility. By relaxing the tight muscle fibers, the injections can help restore normal muscle length and function. This, in turn, allows individuals to move more freely, perform daily activities with less discomfort, and participate in rehabilitative exercises more effectively.
What Can I Expect During a TPI Session?
TPI is typically an outpatient procedure performed in a clinic or medical office. The process starts with the patient assuming a comfortable position. The healthcare provider may first locate the trigger point by palpation or using ultrasound guidance. Once identified, the skin overlying the trigger point is sterilized.
During a TPI, a qualified healthcare professional, often a physician or pain specialist, uses a thin needle to inject a local anesthetic, such as lidocaine, directly into the trigger point. You may experience a brief increase in pain when the tip of the needle touches the trigger point, though the pain typically resides quickly.
Sometimes, a corticosteroid may also be injected to reduce inflammation and provide longer-lasting relief.
TPI in Everett, Washington and Snohomish County
Looking for pain relief using TPI? Those in Everett can visit Everett Spine & Rehab for a consultation and evaluation. We will review your health and condition and determine the best course of action for your pain, which may include TPI. Please contact us today to learn more: 425-347-8614