Trigger Point Injection

Myofascial trigger points are felt to be hyperirritable areas in muscles associated with tight muscle bands. Sometimes if these trigger points are present in the spine muscles, it can lead to significant amounts of neck or back pain. Trigger points are diagnosed by palpation and produce a local twitch response and a referred pain pattern different from the site of muscle irritability. Trigger point injections are reserved for patients who have not responded in the first four to six weeks to conservative therapy such as a properly directed rehabilitation program and medications.

Using a small needle, local anesthetic and small amounts of cortisone are injected into the trigger point to break up the band of hyperirritability/spasm and provide some long-acting relief of the pain. The injections are superficial (non-spinal) and very safe.

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