Trigger Point Injection
Trigger points are tiny knots that develop in a muscle when it is injured or overworked. Commonly a cause of most joint pain, they are known to cause headaches, neck and jaw pain, low back pain, tennis elbow, and carpal tunnel syndrome.
In some cases muscle tightness continues and does not respond to usual treatments such as ice and heat, physical therapy or muscle relaxants. A trigger point injection can be used to help relax this muscle. A trigger point injection is an injection of medication into a tight bundle of muscles called trigger points. The procedure is usually done in the office and In most cases, 2 to 4 trigger points will be injected at one time.
How will I feel after my trigger point injection?
After your injection, you can expect to return to normal activities the next day.
You may find that your pain gets worse initially. This occurs because placing a needle into an irritated muscle causes more irritation. However, this discomfort is temporary and should begin to decrease about two days after injection.
On the day of your trigger point injection please prepare by eating a small meal before you arrive. No driver is necessary for this procedure. You will be able to drive yourself to and from your appointment.
What should I do after the procedure?
We advise that patients take it easy for a day or so after the procedure. Perform only those activities that are easily tolerated by you.