Trigger point injections are a minimally invasive, effective approach to managing conditions including myofascial pain syndrome, fibromyalgia, and tension headaches. These injections offer patients a targeted solution for pain relief, often allowing you to resume your daily activities with more comfort and mobility. They can help soothe muscle pain in your arms, legs, lower back and neck.
Trigger point injection treatments are a relatively safe and low-risk procedure. However, some people may experience certain side effects and/or complications from this treatment, including infection and bruising or bleeding.
Trigger point injections only take a few minutes. For your procedure, you will be positioned in a way that allows your care team to access the specific trigger point. The area of the trigger injection may be cleaned and sterilized.
Your care team will use palpation techniques to locate the exact trigger point that is causing discomfort. A small needle will then be inserted into the trigger point, and your provider will deliver a combination of local anesthetic and possibly a corticosteroid. This medication works to relax the tight muscle fibers and alleviate pain.
You may feel a brief sensation of pressure or a mild stinging as the medication is administered. The entire process is typically completed quickly, and most patients can resume their normal activities shortly after the procedure.