You may have heard about trigger point injections for persistent or chronic muscle pain and some other issues. These injections could help you a lot if your pain or other issue is affecting your ability to function and your quality of life, and certain injections can offer immediate or ongoing benefits. Read on to learn more about trigger point injections and their benefits, as well as how we can help you here at TRUE Health Medical.
What are trigger point injections?
These injections are shots for persistent or chronic muscle pain that’s related to myofascial trigger points in the body. These trigger points are very sensitive bundles of fibers in tight bands of muscle, and trigger point shots administer medication directly into the trigger points. The type of medication used depends on the severity and cause of the pain. Your trigger point injections may include:
- A local anesthetic that may block pain receptors in muscles
- A corticosteroid which can reduce inflammation in muscles
- Botox which can help prevent muscle contractions
Who can get trigger point injections?
Trigger point injections can help patients with pain caused by health conditions that affect their musculoskeletal and nervous systems. These conditions can include myofascial pain syndrome, fibromyalgia, and certain kinds of headaches. If you have one of those conditions or a similar condition, you could benefit from trigger point injections.
How is a trigger point injection done?
The procedure itself is pretty simple, and it takes only 15 minutes. A professional will simply insert a small needle into a trigger point and inject medication into the trigger point. There could be some side effects of the treatment, but they’re usually minor and temporary. You can speak with a professional about what you can expect from your injections.
Do trigger point injections work immediately?
For many patients, trigger point injections can offer immediate symptom relief as well as immediate improved range of motion. However, the injections don’t necessarily affect every patient the same way, and for some patients, it can take several days or weeks for them to experience the benefits. Results vary, but you may benefit a lot from your injections, and your benefits may be immediate and long lasting.
How long do trigger point injections last?
The benefits of trigger point injections can last between several days and several months, depending on the kind of medication used as well as the patient’s health condition. Patients can get injections regularly over a long period of time.
There was a 2019 study that investigated the effects of trigger point injections in people with abdominal muscle pain, and many of the participants reported significant reductions in pain two years after their initial injections. You could experience similar results for your pain, and you’ll be able to find out during a consultation.
Where can I get trigger point injections near me?
You can get trigger point injections right here at TRUE Health Medical in Gilbert AZ. We actually have two locations in Gilbert, and you can reach either of them here. Give us a call at the location near you if you have any other questions or if you’d like a consultation with us. During a consultation, we’ll evaluate your health condition and your pain, then discuss the possibility of trigger point injections. There’s a very good chance you’ll be a good candidate for the injections since they’re safe and effective for most people.
We look forward to hearing from you!