Trigger Point Injections
What is a trigger point injection?
This injection is done for painful muscles called trigger points. Trigger points are muscle knots or bands that cause muscle spasms and are painful when pressed on. Trigger point injections can help the muscle spasms relax and stop causing pain.
Who is a candidate for trigger point injections?
Those that could benefit from trigger point injections have symptoms that include:
Muscle pain or tenderness when the muscle is pressed on
Feeling a knot or "taut band" in the muscle that is tender
Achy, burning pain
Decreased range of motion when turning the neck
Muscle stiffness in the low back
What are some of the conditions that these injections are used for?
What to expect during the procedure?
Painful muscles are identified by pressing on select muscles around the region where the pain is coming from. The muscles that cause the worst pain when pressed on are the ones that will be injected. After these muscles have been found, a numbing medication is injected through a thin needle to relax the spasming muscle. Depending on the extent of the trigger point, a powerful anti-inflammatory steroid can be mixed with the numbing medication to provide additional pain relief.
For more information or to discuss an appropriate treatment plan for your muscle pain with one of our specialized pain management physicians, call Saint Louis Spine and Joint Pain Specialists today.