Conditions That Can Be Helped with Trigger Point Injections

Conditions That Can Be Helped with Trigger Point Injections

Pretty much everyone experiences muscle pain on occasion, and it’s often no cause for alarm. If your pain is severe or long lasting, however, you may have a condition that trigger point injections (TPIs) can help. This quick, minimally-invasive treatment reduces pain linked with muscle tension by helping your muscle relax. And many people notice less pain straight away.

Our expert team of board-certified pain management specialists at Wisconsin Spine and Pain in Waukesha, West Bend, Sheboygan, Green Bay, and Greenfield, Wisconsin, specializes in state-of-the-art treatments for muscle pain, including trigger point injections.

Here, we explore more about trigger point injections, including conditions that may benefit.

How trigger point injections work

When you develop a knot of muscle from tenseness that won’t ease up, you have what’s known as a trigger point. Trigger point injections contain saline solution or a local anesthetic and sometimes a corticosteroid. Once injected into the treatment area through a tiny needle, the medication helps the knot relax, leading to reduced pain.

If you’re allergic to any of the medications in TPIs, your provider may use a dry needle technique. Similar to acupuncture, the needle alone may help ease your pain by targeting tension in the trigger point.

Conditions trigger point injections help

At Wisconsin Spine and Pain, we treat numerous conditions that involve muscle pain and tension with TPIs. These conditions include:

What to expect after trigger point injections

Because trigger point injections are minimally-invasive and use only tiny needles, you won’t have to put your life on pause after your treatment. Most people experience pain relief immediately, and you can get right back to your usual daily activities. 

While one TPI session may bring you sufficient relief, people with chronic pain conditions reach optimal pain relief through frequent treatments. 

You may also find that the injections work well alongside other treatments. Research has shown, for example, that trigger point injections plus oral medication can more effectively manage migraine symptoms than pills alone. Your provider helps determine your best treatment plan. 

To learn more about trigger point injections or to get the pain management you need, call our office most convenient to you or request an appointment online today. 

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