Understanding Trigger Points
Trigger points are specific areas within muscle tissue that have become sources of pain and dysfunction. Typically, these trigger points are characterized by nodules or bands that can be felt when pressure is applied to the skin over the muscle. Pressing on a trigger point often elicits pain, which can be localized or radiate to other parts of the body.
Trigger point injections are typically performed in our office by a skilled medical professional. During the procedure, your doctor will inject a combination of medications directly into the trigger point. These medications are carefully selected to reduce pain and muscle spasms. In some cases, multiple muscle bands may be injected to effectively "release" the trigger points.
While receiving trigger point injections, it's common for some individuals to initially experience the same pain that has been bothering them. However, shortly after the injections, most people report a significant reduction in their typical pain patterns. Some may experience mild soreness for a day or two before fully appreciating the benefits of the injections. You'll likely notice improved mobility in the affected muscle, reduced stiffness, and soreness within a few days of the procedure.
Trigger point injections are typically quick and can be completed in about 10 minutes, making them a convenient option for many individuals.
It's important to avoid strenuous activities for the first 24 hours following the procedure. Physical therapy can be immensely helpful in maximizing the benefits of trigger point injections. Some patients may experience temporary weakness in the injected muscles until the numbing medication wears off.
Risks And Side Effects
While trigger point injections are generally safe and well-tolerated, it's essential to understand that no medical procedure is entirely risk-free. Potential side effects are minimal and include temporary muscle soreness, which is the most common side effect. Serious complications such as infection or bleeding are exceedingly rare.
Your Journey To Pain Relief
At RelievUS, we're committed to helping you find relief from pain and regain control over your life. If you're considering trigger point injections or have questions about this procedure, please don't hesitate to reach out to our experienced team. Your comfort and well-being are our top priorities, and we look forward to being your partner on your path to a pain-free future.