When at-home care fails to alleviate your muscle pain, then you may need trigger point injections. The experienced physicians at Wisconsin Spine and Pain in Waukesha, West Bend, Sheboygan, Green Bay, and Greenfield, Wisconsin, use many state-of-the-art techniques, including trigger point injections, to help their patients get relief from their pain condition. To see how trigger point injections can help you, call the office most convenient or schedule a consultation online today.
Trigger point injections (TPIs) are a pain management treatment for muscle pain caused by trigger points.
Trigger points are knots of muscle that form when your muscles are unable to relax. You or your doctor may feel these trigger points under your skin.
In addition to muscle aches and pain, trigger points may irritate the nerves around them, causing referred pain that you feel in another part of your body.
At Wisconsin Spine and Pain, trigger point injections contain either a local anesthetic or saline solution and sometimes a corticosteroid. Your provider injects the medication into the trigger point, which helps the tightened muscle relax and alleviate your pain.
Schedule a consultation with the pain management experts at Wisconsin Spine and Pain to see if you’re a candidate for trigger point injections. The team may recommend the pain management treatment if you have muscle pain in your arms, legs, lower back, or neck.
They also use trigger point injections to treat fibromyalgia and tension headaches.
The team may also recommend the injections for their patients suffering from myofascial pain syndrome, a chronic pain condition that affects the tissue surrounding your muscle.
However, researchers are still studying the effectiveness of trigger point injections for myofascial pain syndrome. The team only recommends the pain injection if other treatments fail to provide adequate relief.
The Wisconsin Spine and Pain team performs trigger point injections at the office and only takes a few minutes.
While you sit or lie on the exam table, your provider presses on your muscles to find the trigger point, inserts the tiny needle, and injects the medication. Your provider may treat multiple trigger points during your visit.
If you have an allergy to any of the drugs used for the TPIs, the team may use a dry needle technique. Instead of injection medication, they simply insert a needle into the trigger point to alleviate your pain. The dry needle technique is similar to acupuncture.
You can resume your usual activities after your trigger point injections. Though you may experience some post-injection pain, most patients have relief from their muscle pain immediately following their treatment.
You may only need one session of trigger point injections to get long-lasting results. However, patients with chronic pain conditions, such as fibromyalgia or myofascial pain syndrome, may benefit from frequent trigger point injections.
Call Wisconsin Spine and Pain or book an appointment online today to schedule your trigger point injection consultation.