Trigger Point Injections

There can be many reasons for muscle pain, such as sleeping in the wrong direction and doing an intense weightlifting session. Although muscle pain can be resolved after a few days, people having chronic muscle pain need some special treatments, and for that, some injections are used.  

Chronic muscle pain can be hard on the human body and can cause various issues which can change their life. To resolve all these issues, an injection is used, which is known as Trigger point injections. Not just it helps to solve pain problems, but it also helps to fight against chronic muscle pain.

Trigger point injections are best because they provide relief against myofascial pain syndrome. Myofascial pain syndrome is known as common pain and can cause damage to your muscles. Besides, it can cause severe pain depending on your body type. 

So, if you are facing the same issues and want to know the best injections, then here are complete details about Trigger point injections. Also, I will guide you when and for whom these injections are best.

What is a Trigger Point?

Basically, it is known as a painful knot or tight band that occurs in the body.  Trigger points can be painful and sometimes can cause severe pain. Mostly this type of pain can be observed under the skin and can be very painful.

In addition, it can disturb your nerves and can cause pain in various areas of your body. This type of pain can be caused when you have performed heavy exercise, or your muscles are pulled due to aging.

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Joint Injections are non-surgical treatments that offer pain relief for the patient. Pain treated can range from back and acute pain, to chronic and orthopedic pain.

We offer several injections currently available in the industry. The type of injection administered depends on the type of pain the patient is experiencing, and where it is located. Injections relieve pain caused by osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, sports injuries and back pain.

What Are Trigger Point Injections?

Trigger point injections are used to cure myofascial pain syndrome and chronic muscle pain. Besides, these types of injections are used to solve many issues related to joint pain, muscle pain, and much more. Many doctors use these injections to provide relief against pain and muscle soreness. The treatment involves injecting it to the point where you feel much pain. Keep in mind that the dose depends on the severity of the pain. So, make sure to use these injections after asking your doctors. 

Below are some other details about this injection:

  • Local Anesthetic: It contains local anesthetic such as lidocaine, which helps to block pain in the muscle. 
  • Corticosteroid: Corticosteroid is best for reducing inflammation and helps to target the muscles. In addition, it also helps to block heat in the body that can cause much pain. 
  • Botulinum: It prevents muscle contractions and is very helpful if you are using Trigger point injections. 

Trigger point injection (TPI) is best for relaxing the muscles and works best for all types of patients. Before you use these injections, make sure to consult your doctor first. Keep in mind that there can be some side effects as well, but it depends on the dose and your body types.

What Do Trigger Point Injections Treat?

TPI is basically used to treat muscle groups, including back pain, neck, arms, legs, and many more. In addition, TPI can be used to resolve issues regarding headaches and joint pain.

 The technique is used to solve issues such as relief from the chronic muscle that can’t be treated with the help of other treatments. However, the effectiveness of TPI depends on the pain you have and how much time it has taken to recover your muscles.

Other than that, they can also help to treat soothe muscle pain that you can feel in your arms and legs.  In order to get fast relief from pain, Trigger point injections play an important role.

Besides, it can be used to treat fibromyalgia and various other issues as well, which is related to headaches.

Keep in mind that the primary purpose of a trigger point is to treat pain and relax the muscles. In case, if you are not feeling any changes, then wait for a while, and you will feel the difference in a few hours.

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Injection Types

Trigger Point

What is it?
A trigger point, or painful “knot” forms in the body when a muscle cannot relax. Trigger point injections are used to deliver medication directly into the knot, or trigger point, within a patient’s body.

Benefits?
Trigger point injections can be used to lessen muscle pain in the arms, legs, lower back and neck. They are also used to treat fibromyalgia and tension headaches.

Sacroiliac

What is it?
The sacroiliac joint is a the largest joint between the base of the spine and the pelvis, and appears in the body on both the right & the left hand side. When one of these joints becomes painful, a person can experience pain in the immediate region or referred pain may be felt in the groin, abdomen, hip, buttock and leg.

Benefits?
A sacroiliac joint injection is designed to reduce inflammation, and therefore alleviate pain. If the sacroliac joint injection provides relief, it may be used to determine the source of a patient’s pain.

PRP

What is it?
Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) is a concentration created using a patient’s own blood. The platelets, once separated, are injected back into the patient to promote healing.


Benefits?
PRP injections use the body’s own healing factors on the injured area. These injections are commonly used for osteoarthritis and sports injuries.

Regenerative

What is it?
Regenerative medicine is the process of replacing or “regenerating” human cells, tissues or organs to restore or establish normal function. This new field of medicine is centered around the idea that medicine can be used to regenerate damaged tissues and organs in the body by stimulating the body’s own repair mechanisms for healing.

Benefits?
Regenerative medicine may be used to cure previously untreatable injuries or diseases.

Intrarticular Joint

What is it?
Intrarticular joint injections are used on the shoulder, hip, knee or other articular joints. They can be performed with an x-ray, or ultrasound, to assist with diagnosing the source of the pain. Relief is provided by delivering local anesthetic, and anti-inflammatory steroid medications into specific joints.

Benefits?
Intraricular joint injections may reduce inflammation that results in long-term pain relief.

Acupuncture

What is it?
Acupuncture improves the body’s functions and promotes the natural self-healing process by stimulating specific anatomic sites–commonly referred to as acupuncture points, or acupoints. Acupuncture, in its most common form, stimulates acupoints through the insertion of fine, sterile needles into the skin.

Benefits?
Accupuncutre has been known to successfully treat conditions ranging from muscoloskeletal problems (back pain, neck pain, and others) to nausea, migraine headaches, anxiety, depression, insomnia and even infertility.

Bursa

What is it?
Bursa injections are administered into specific synovial fluid filled fibrous sacs (bursa), that are adjacent to joints in the body. The injections can help diagnose the source of pain, and also may provide relief.

Benefits?
Bursa injections may reduce inflammation, resulting in long term pain relief.

Benefits of Trigger Point Injections

There is no doubt that these injections help to relieve pain, but here are some other benefits of these injections as well that you must know. 

Myofascial Pain Syndrome

The main purpose of this injection is to cure issues regarding myofascial pain syndrome. Other than that, it also helps to reduce the soreness of the muscles, which is caused due to myofascial pain syndrome. This pain is also known as referred pain. 

You can feel referred pain in various parts of the body, which is why these injections are used to treat them. Different researchers believe that these injections can be used to treat localized muscle pain. Therefore, the most important benefit of this injection is that it helps relax the muscles and reduce the effect of it as well. 

Here are some possible causes of myofascial pain syndrome for which you can use these injections. 

  • Injury or repetitive motions 
  • Stress & poor posture 
  • Pain in different parts of muscle
  • Muscle stiffness or weakness 
  • Muscle knots
  • Fibromyalgia

Fibromyalgia is also part of the chronic pain, but it can cause damage to tissues. Besides, Trigger point injections are best for curing Fibromyalgia because they provide relief to tissues.  

In case you are having headaches, and have a history of psychological trauma, then Trigger point injection can be your ideal choice for that. Not just these injections help to cure Fibromyalgia but also help to resolve various tissue issues.

In addition, if you have issues related to an autoimmune disorder, then these injections can be the best choice. But before you do that, make sure to consult your doctor best.

Symptoms of fibromyalgia include:

  • Pain in muscles 
  • Severe headaches and poor immune system
  • Inflammation and poor sleep 
  • Daytime Fatigue 
  • Depression & anxiety 

Historically, doctors recommend using these injections if you have any issues mentioned above. Besides, you can use it as well if you feel more pain, and your tissue is damaged.

Headaches

According to the American Migraine Foundation, the trigger joint can cause various issues for your bodies such as depression, stress on mind & eyes, and daytime fatigue. Also, the trigger joint can result in severe health issues and headaches. 

To solve all these problems, Trigger point injection can be used. In case if you are feeling serious headaches, then the Trigger joint can be used to cure it. This is the reason many doctors recommend these injections during headache. 

In addition, various studies show that Trigger point injections can be used for migraine patients. And the reason is simple because this injection helps to treat damaged tissue.

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How Frequently Will Patients Need Trigger Point Injections?

Optimally, there is no answer to this question of how often a patient should use Trigger point injection as one can be cured after one injection depending on the body type. In case of severe pain, more than one injection can be used, especially in the case of chronic muscle pain. 

In short, there are no exact details added about the frequency of these injections. But I would recommend you to consult your doctor first before trying it. Plus, you can use these injections to solve the underlying problems such as depression, anxiety, headaches, and much more.

Keep in mind that if a steroid medication is used, then these injections can’t be used in much amount as it can cause issues for health. Also, using them with steroids can damage the tissues and increase the risk of pain and various health issues related to kidney and brain.

So, the best way to use these injections is to consult your doctor first and then use it. 

Side Effects of Trigger Point Injections 

Trigger point injections can cause long-term issues, and some of these side effects are mentioned below.

  • It can cause pain and infection.
  • You will feel discoloration around the injected area. 
  • Dizziness is common if you are allergic to ingredients. 
  • You will face continuous bleeding. 

The side effects can remain for 3-4 weeks, so make sure to consult your doctor first if you have any issues. In addition, make sure not to use it again if you are once infected from this injection. 

The serious risk of this injection includes bruising, muscle damage, infection, and many more. To avoid all these issues, first, consult your doctor and then stop using it or any type of drug-related to these injections.

Summary

Trigger point injections are known as a safe treatment for muscle pain and various types of problems. Besides, this treatment can be best for old people and those who have regular joint pain.

There are many doctors who recommend it to use it on a daily basis, but some said it should be used only during the pain.

You can apply these injections directly to the infected muscles and make sure to use it according to the prescribed amount by the doctors. Although some people would suggest you avoid injections, if you feel chronic muscle pain, then you can use it.

These injections can provide immediate relief and are best for all age groups. Keep in mind that these injections contain different ingredients, so check them before using it.

Kevin Wallace
Kevin Wallace
Naturopathic Medical Doctor
Zahara Sundermeyer
Zahara Sundermeyer
Naturopathic Medical Doctor

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