What Are Trigger Point Injections?
It is a procedure to treat pain in located areas, where the specialist inserts an small needle to supply an anesthetic or a saline solution with an anti inflammatory medicine.
TPI is commonly used in sports to treat painful areas of muscle, or knots of muscle that form because of an excessive of exercise or movement. Trigger points are sensitive areas located in the muscles and surrounding tissue that can be very painful if compressed. When this happen it can also irritate the nerves around them and cause severe pain.
How Can I Recognize a Trigger Point?
Usually a “nodule” or “knot” is felt on the musle muscle and the size may vary from very small or larger than a small grape. This stressed spots in the muscle can cause a lot of pain and tightness that in certain situations can impede the person to move.
The specialist can locate a trigger point based on a physical examination If needed the specialist may use tools such x-ray or ultrasound to have more information before giving a diagnose.
Ultrasound to identify a trigger point is very useful and is commonly used to get a real-time imae of soft tissues including muscle, nerve, tendon, fascia, and blood vessels.
What Conditions Can Be Treated By Trigger Point Injections?
TPI is commonly used to treat painful areas of muscle or knots of muscle that can form. These knots/ trigger points are usually located by touching painful muscle areas. Also, trigger points may irritate surrounding nerves and cause pain that is felt in another parts of the body, also called reflected pain.
Do Trigger Point Injections Work?
Yes, usually patients will experience immediate relief. However it is important to know it usually takes 24 to 72 hours for the effects of the steroid medication to take effect and it may be up to 1 week before the maximum benefits are reached. If you do not have pain relief from the trigger point injection, you may require oral medications or other procedures to achieve better pain relief. But In general, the injections are very successful.
What Kind Of Medicine Is Used In Trigger Point Injections?
The injection contains anesthetic or in some situations can contain saline solution with an steroid (works as antiinflammatory). The local anesthetic will numb the area, relieve the pain, and decrease the muscle spasm.
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