Patients experiencing muscle pain or breakthrough pain that is occurring between minimally invasive procedures at The Spine & Pain Center may be treated with trigger point injections. Trigger point injections have proven to be extremely effective for:
- Bicipital Tenosynovitis Injection (Bicep pain, and pain due to inflammation or degeneration, chronic overuse)
- Muscular Trigger Point Injections (Fibromyalgia, Myofascial or Muscular pain, Cervical neck pain, Tension headaches, muscle spasm, tendonitis)
- Scapulothoracic Injection (Pain in the scapular region, bursitis of shoulder, arthritis)
- Piriformis Injection (Injection into piriformis muscle -used for tightness in muscle which compresses sciatic nerve)
- Plantar Fasciitis Injection (Plantar fasciitis, foot pain)
- Hamstring Injection (Pain in buttock predominately while sitting, bursitis)
- Medial Collateral Ligament Injection (Trauma and pain at the medial aspect of the knee)
These trigger points are small “knots” of muscle that form in the fascia, often tightening the surrounding areas of tissue and causing pain. Trigger points are often caused when a muscle cannot relax. During a trigger point injection, pain-relieving medication is injected and the trigger point is made inactive.
During a trigger point injection, the provider identifies the trouble areas and injects the patient with a mix of local anesthetic and corticosteroid that is injected into the trigger point causing pain. The procedure is fairly simple and should only take a few minutes. The provider then covers the injection site with a small bandage.
Stretching exercises are often recommended by our physicians to help aid the release of the trigger point and to avoid recurrence of the trigger point.