These injections are designed to relieve or reduce the pain caused by trigger points. These are small, tender knots that can form in the muscles, or in the fascia (soft, stretchy connective tissue that surrounds the muscles and organs). Trigger points can form when a muscle is injured or irritated or if the muscle’s nerve supply is compromised. Trigger point injections take only few minutes to complete. These injections can either be performed by our Physicians, Physician Assistants, or Nurse Practitioners. Typically, an anesthetic medication is injected into the muscle to relax the muscle, increase blood flow to the muscle, and to help the muscle heal. Over time, trigger point injections can restore muscle health.
In preparation for the procedure, the patient is positioned comfortably. The medical provider presses and pinches the skin to locate the trigger point. Once it has been identified, the physician cleanses the overlying skin. A topical anesthetic may be used to temporarily numb the skin
The medical provider carefully inserts a needle through the skin and into the trigger point. The physician injects an anesthetic mixture into the trigger point. This causes the trigger point to relax.
End of Procedure
When the injection is complete, the medical provider removes the needle. A small bandage may be placed over the injection site. The patient may be encouraged to stretch and move the muscle after the injection.