Trigger points also known as Myofascial trigger points are hyper irritable spots in the skeletal muscle. These injections are commonly used for those suffering from Myofascial Pain Syndrome. People also refer to trigger points as muscle knots which are sensitive spots in the tissue. These areas are usually a type of micro-cramp and are prone to spread throughout one’s body. Often times when a trigger point is massaged or pressed the result is temporary relief from spasticity and pain. Some individuals may noticed a trigger point and have it treated right away before it triggers other areas to form them. People who suffer from Myofascial Pain Syndrome often have trigger points all over their body which can drastically change their life. Low back/lumbar trigger point injections are often used for those suffering from back pain and muscle tightness.
Trigger points can feel like rocks under your skin and are very hard to live with especially if there are several areas affected. Injecting medication directly into the micro-cramp forced the muscle to relax/release resulting in a decrease in pain.
During your visit at Apex in Chandler the procedure takes less than a few minutes per trigger point.
The area of the trigger point will be examined and the sterilized prior to the injection. You will be asked not to touch the injection site after it has been sterilized prior to the injection.
At Apex our doctors us Lidocaine, bupivicaine and cortisone.
Lumbar, Thoracic & Cervical trigger point injections are virtually painless. The needle used is extremely small and the insertion is sometimes never felt but some describe it as a small prick. It is nothing compared to a standard injection needed at a doctors office for flu shots or allergy.
Many people see some immediate relief as soon as the medication is injected. Although, depending on your specific condition the timeframe and longevity of relief may vary.
It is advised to not overwork the area of the injection site which includes heavy lifting. You may be told to stretch the area afterwards.
Yes, this procedure is fast and will not disrupt your day.
Trigger point injections can last anywhere between several days to weeks or months. The result depends on each individuals condition.
You will know when you are not in as much pain. Patients often feel the muscle release (twitch) at the time of the injection.
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