Trigger point injections are a minimally invasive procedure used to treat painful muscle trigger points. The most common side effect is mild discomfort around the injection site, which can be easily treated with Tylenol (acetaminophen) or Advil (ibuprofen). It may also be helpful to apply heat and ice to the affected area. This pain is normal and should go away on its own one week after the Trigger Point injection.
Multiple injections at a time may cause mild dizziness for several hours. Rare adverse effects, such as bleeding, allergies, infections and nerve damage, are mainly due to clinical errors and adverse reactions from these injections. The risk of complications associated with injections is very low. The most common risks associated with these injections include bleeding or infection at the site of the injection.
Common side effects that occur after an injection at Trigger Point include numbness or pain at the site of the injection. These side effects usually resolve within a few days. Injecting at the trigger point involves few risks or side effects. Complications are very rare, and most patients with trigger point pain get positive results with the procedure.
Trigger point injection or TPI is a minimally invasive procedure that can treat painful muscle trigger points. Rarely, patients who receive injections at the trigger point experience pain or bleeding at the site of the injection. A muscle with trigger points becomes stiff and doesn't relax as expected under normal conditions. After treatment with injection at the trigger point, patients can use the treated muscle, but are asked to refrain from strenuous activities for a few days.
Trigger point injections can treat acute or chronic myofascial pain by inducing relaxation of trigger point muscle fibers. Trigger point injections are a pain control treatment that involves injecting a local anesthetic, sometimes combined with a steroid medication, into a trigger point to relax muscles and relieve pain. In some cases, a trigger point can even cause pain in another area of the body when it affects a nearby nerve; this is called referred pain. Trigger points can cause decreased range of motion and persistent pain that negatively affects a person's quality of life.
A trigger point is a sensitive area of muscle that develops when the tissue surrounding the muscle, called fascia (or myofascia), contracts and sticks to itself. Trigger point injections are a viable option for treating pain referred to and the reduction in functionality associated with muscle sensitivity. A treatment option that shows high efficacy in treating trigger point pain is the trigger point injection. Jobs that require repetitive movements may increase the likelihood that a worker will develop a trigger point in a muscle.
It is important for all patients with pain at problem trigger points to discuss their condition with a pain management specialist. A trigger point is usually identified as a “knot”, a bump under the skin that can cause pain in the area where it developed.