Trigger Point Injections Can Help You Manage Pain

Pain can be debilitating if not managed correctly. For many, it’s not a question of “if” you’re going to be in pain today, it’s more a question of “how much” pain are you going to be in today? If this is a question you continue to ask yourself, there may be a solution: Trigger Point Injections (TPIs).

trigger point in the neckTrigger Point Injections are used for specific muscles that are causing pain. Trigger points have been identified as a cause of pain in the muscles. They are knots and areas of spasm within in the muscles. They remain contracted and can be extremely painful. Trigger point injections are designed to relax the muscular trigger points thus reducing the pain. The injections are done with needles and injections may include: Steroids, local anesthetics e.g. Novocain, B12 and even “dry needling”.  The trigger points are first identified and then injected. The injections can be painful but relief is often immediate. This causes the trigger point to become inactive and as a direct result alleviates pain.  The injections typically only last for a few minutes and you can usually get multiple areas treated at once. Even if you’re intolerant or allergic to any of the drugs that are injected, a dry needle can be used to help relieve the pain as well.

"It has been successful for those who have not been able to find relief through other treatments."

These trigger points can appear as knots underneath the skin and can have far-reaching neurological implications. Pain in a trigger point causing nerve irritation in one part of the body can actually end up causing “referred pain” or pain which you end up feeling in a separate part of the body.

TPI is normally associated with the muscles in the lower back, and neck, but can be used on most muscles in the body. It can also be utilized for treatment of tension headaches as well as fibromyalgia pain. It has also been successful for those who have not been able to find relief through other treatments. So if pain continues to be a question you have to ask yourself about every day, then this may be your answer.