Fast Relief for Painful Muscle Knots
Trigger Point Injections (TPI) are used to treat painful areas of muscle that contain trigger points, or knots of muscle that form when muscles do not relax. A medication (usually an anesthetic; sometimes a steroid) is injected into the painful muscle to provide relief, not only in the affected muscle, but from referred pain that might be felt in other parts of the body.
How Do Trigger Point Injections Work?
If an anesthetic medication is used, it will block pain receptors within the nerves surrounding the muscle, and, in turn, reduce the pain signals sent to the brain. A steroid medication will reduce the inflammation and swelling of tissue around the nerves, which may help reduce pain.
What Happens During the Procedure?
- Performed in our office, this simple procedure does not require sedation.
- You are positioned sitting or lying down.
- The doctor palpates the muscle (examines by touch) to identify painful areas.
- Trigger points are injected using a small needle.
How Will You Feel After the Procedure?
- Right after the injection, you may feel that your pain has lessened significantly, in both the affected muscle as well as referred pain in the head or neck.
- You can return to your daily activities immediately afterward.
- TSIs may need to be repeated as needed.
Please feel free to contact us at New Jersey Pain Care Specialists to discuss any questions or concerns you may have about your own situation. Dr. Bram and staff will give you the time and attention to properly understand and accurately diagnose your condition, and to recommend the most advanced, non-invasive, effective and efficient treatment to eliminate or relieve your pain.