Trigger points are the knots in muscle that form because of stress and the inability to relax. If a trigger point is not managed appropriately, surrounding nerves may become irritated and pain will ensue. Trigger point injections are inserted underneath a patient's skin and into the trigger point. A local anesthetic and in some cases a corticosteroid are injected for immediate pain relief.
A patient may be eligible for multiple trigger point injections in one session. Depending on the patient's condition and his or her health, a Southwest Spine and Pain physician may administer the injection to multiple sites. For chronic pain relief, trigger point injections may be helpful in managing fibromyalgia, tension headaches, and myofascial pain syndrome. For more information on trigger point injections and other pain relieving treatments, talk to a Southwest Spine and Pain specialist.