Are you one of the millions of people who suffer from pain and stiff joints daily? If so, you may be dealing with tight areas in your muscles known as trigger points. These points can be responsible for pain you are experiencing in the direct area you are feeling it but also in areas where the trigger points radiate to. Trigger points are essentially knots attached to the muscle and your skeleton and can be tender to the touch.
If you have been dealing with chronic pain for a while, it is most likely you have already explored your options for pain relief, including medications and surgery. You may also be aware of alternative treatments that are available to you, such as physical therapy, massage therapy, and even acupuncture, but most people don’t realize that there is another treatment option available called trigger point injections or TPI.
What are Trigger Point Injections (TPI)?
Trigger point injections may sound intimidating; however, they are done as an outpatient procedure and are minimally invasive, taking only a few minutes to be given, and can offer extremely quick relief. A healthcare professional will be administering the injection of local anesthetic, typically Lidocaine or Procaine, by inserting a small needle directly into the trigger point or the area in which you are feeling excessive pain.
This is a non-narcotic numbing agent which causes the muscle tissue to relax. TPI’s help relieves the tension that is caused by the knots in the muscle, drastically reducing the pain.
If you feel as though you have already explored all your available resources and still nothing is working to relieve your chronic pain, it may be time to speak with your physician about trigger point injections.
A good pain management regime is designed to help you have the best quality of life possible without the inconveniences of chronic pain, and although you may get long-lasting, even permanent refuge from pain immediately following your trigger point injections, it is important that you consider addressing the source and correcting the musculoskeletal misalignment and repetitive movements that are responsible for straining the muscles and tendons which lead to the cause of the trigger points initially.
If trigger point injections sound like the next logical step in your pain management journey, call our offices today and talk to someone about how TBIs can help you get the relief you deserve.