Trigger Point Injections (TPI) are a type of procedure used to diagnose and treat painful areas of muscle or knots, called trigger points. Trigger points can occur due to injury, overuse, or stress and can cause pain and discomfort in the affected muscle.
During the procedure, a local anesthetic and/or anti-inflammatory medication is injected directly into the trigger point to help relieve pain and reduce inflammation. If the patient experiences significant pain relief after the injection, it confirms that the pain is originating from the trigger point.
Trigger Point Injections are typically used to treat chronic pain caused by trigger points in the muscles, which can occur in various parts of the body, including the neck, shoulders, back, and legs. It is a minimally invasive procedure that can be performed on an outpatient basis and has few side effects.
The effects of the injection can last for a few weeks to several months, depending on the individual and their condition. If the pain relief is significant, additional treatments such as physical therapy, exercise, or medication management may be recommended to manage the underlying condition causing the trigger points.« Back to Glossary Index