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Pain Management Procedures

Trigger Point Injections

Overview
Trigger point injections offer relief for pain felt in soft tissue. When muscles are used, they regularly contract and relax. Trigger points develop when a muscle fails to relax. They are painful, taut muscle areas and can sometimes be present as knots under the skin. Left untreated, trigger points can cause irritation of surrounding muscles and nerves as well as pain in other areas, known as referred pain.

Procedure
The patient is usually sitting or lying down, according to comfort. The area to be injected is cleansed thoroughly with a sterile solution. Trigger point injections contain a local anesthetic and are administered in the soft tissue where pain is felt using a hypodermic syringe. The injection may also contain an anti-inflammatory steroid if deemed necessary. The injections are given in an office setting.

How does it Work?
The injection of the medication inactivates the trigger point and thus alleviates the pain. Sustained relief is usually achieved with a brief course of treatment and each case is different. Several sites may be injected in one visit.

After the Procedure
Trigger point injections are done on an outpatient basis and patients can leave once they are finished with the procedure. Some soreness may result; this usually subsides within a day or two.

For a better understanding of interventional pain treatment services, contact the healthcare professionals at Minimally Invasive Pain Institute.  They can help customize a treatment for you and your acute or chronic pain condition. To find out if you are a good candidate, or for more information on this and other pain treatment services, read on or contact our pain management center.  Together, we’ll help you find the relief you need for the quality of life you deserve.