Benefits of Trigger Point Injection Therapy
Updated: Mar 10
A trigger point is basically what most people refer to as a painful "knot" in the muscle. Ultimately a trigger point is a specific areas of highly irritable inflammation and spasm in the muscles tissue. These are painful points where the muscle fibers wont relax or release. These trigger points commonly occur in the neck, upper back, lower back, and buttock areas; but they can occur in the arms, chest, and legs as well. Often, these trigger points are caused by trauma to the muscle fibers, such as after a sports injury or auto accident. However, trigger points can also occur from microtraumas with repetitive movement. Trigger points may also occur as a result of poor posture, poor sleep patterns, lack of exercise, and joint dysfunctions.
Trigger Point Injections
Trigger point injections offer an effective treatment for chronic and stubborn trigger points. Trigger point injections involve the injection of a local anesthetic (such as lidocaine) into the most painful part of the muscle to help the muscle to release, function better, and relieve the pain.
Some of the benefits of trigger point injections are discussed below. Knowing what to expect from these treatments is the best way to determine if they are right for you and the pain you may be dealing with.
Minimal Risk of Side Effects
Almost every type of treatment, no matter how conservative it is, comes with certain side effects. However, with trigger-point injections, there is minimal risk.
Some of the most common side effects include numbness or soreness; however, this will go away after treatment. A trigger-point injection is minimally invasive and a non-surgical type of treatment. This is simply a shot – no incisions are required.
No Recovery Period or Downtime Required
Since this is a non-surgical treatment, trigger-point injections don’t involve any type of long-term recovery or downtime. A person can usually go about their day as they would normally. The effects of this treatment are sometimes noted immediately., but often resolution of chronic trigger points involve a series of injections over a period of 2-4 weeks.
For anyone dealing with persistent headaches or muscle pain caused by radiating point of pain, trigger-point injections may be a viable option to get you get back to your normal, day-to-day life. You can start doing the things you love once again and don’t have to worry about pain interrupting your day.
Used for Several Conditions
A trigger point injection will help to treat several health conditions, along with back pain, neck pain, shoulder pain, sports injuries, sciatica, fibromyalgia, and temporomandibular joint pain or TMJ.
Works Well with Other Pain Management Treatments
With a trigger point injection, you can use these alongside other pain management therapies. This includes things like physical therapy and massage therapy. Sometimes, trigger points occur due to stress, inactivity, or poor ergonomics. With the injection therapy, immediate and ongoing relief is provided in the targeted area. Other treatments will address the underlying cause of the pain. At Vivify Health & Wellness, trigger point injections are usually provided with manual therapies &/or chiropractic adjustments.
Should You Consider Trigger Point Treatment?
If you are thinking about trigger point injections, it is good to work with a health care professional who has experience providing this treatment. By doing this, you can feel confident you will see the benefits mentioned above, among others. Knowing what to expect, you will know if the treatment is effective and if it would benefit you in the future.
When it comes to pain, most people have one thing on their mind – eliminating it. With trigger point injections, you can eliminate pain once and for all. Be sure to keep the information here in mind to know what to expect, what the treatment offers, and why it is such a smart option for dealing with all types of pain.