Trigger Point Injections

Definition: Trigger point injections can be beneficial for muscle pain or breakthrough pain that occurs between minimally invasive procedures at Tulsa Pain Consultants. Trigger point injections can be extremely effective for:

  • Bicipital Tenosynovitis Injection (Bicep pain pain due to inflammation or degeneration, chronic overuse)
  • Muscular Trigger Point Injections (Fibromyalgia, Myofascial or Muscular pain, Cervical neck pain, Tension headaches, muscle spasm, tendonitis)
  • Scapulothoracic Injection (Pain in the scapular region, bursitis of shoulder, arthritis)
  • Piriformis Injection (Injection into piriformis muscle -used for tightness in muscle which compresses sciatic nerve)
  • Plantar Fasciitis Injection (Plantar fasciitis, foot pain)
  • Hamstring Injection (Pain in buttock predominately while sitting, bursitis)
  • Medial Collateral Ligament Injection (Trauma and pain at medial aspect of knee)

Trigger points are small “knots” of muscle that form in the fascia, tightening surrounding areas of tissue and causing pain. These are caused when a muscle cannot relax. During a trigger point injection, a pain relieving medication is injected and the trigger point is made inactive.

Procedure: The procedure is fairly simple and should only take a few minutes. The provider will identify where the trigger point is and clean the area. Then, a mix of local anesthetic and corticosteroid will be injected into the trigger point. The provider may cover the injection site with a small bandage, and the patient will be allowed to return home after a short recovery time. 

Aftercare: Your physician may recommend stretching exercises to help aid the release of the trigger point and to avoid recurrence of the trigger point.

 

 

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