Trigger Point Injections
Trigger point injections (TPI) is a procedure used to treat the pain around the areas of the muscles. These areas of pain are called trigger points which are known as knots of muscle that form when muscles do not relax. Trigger points are areas where muscle spasm occurs and is most commonly seen in the upper back and shoulder areas. Trigger points often times also irritate the nerves around the area of pain which results in pain that can be felt in another part of the body. You may experience a headache or shoulder pain as a result. This alone is not pleasant or comfortable, which is why our physiatrist on Long Island can help manage this pain.
What Can You Expect?
At Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation of Long Island, one of our team members will insert a small needle directly into your trigger point. This injection will contain a local anesthetic which numbs the site of pain, and an anti-inflammatory which inactivates the trigger point alleviating the pain you may be experiencing there. If you are allergic to a drug used in the injections, do not worry. You can still receive TPI as well, but the dry-needle technique, where no medications are involved.
Tips for After the Trigger Point Injections
After the TPI has taken place the area may be tender. If you find this is the case, you may apply heat or ice to the area for some relief. It is important to remain active after the injections in the effort to keep the affected muscle to its full range of motion.
Benefits of TPI
- Alleviates your pain
- Allows you to move effectively to participate in a rehabilitative program
- Allows you to perform stretching exercises
- Increases blood flow into the area to relax the muscle
- Improves your progress in physical therapy and joint mobilization
If you think that trigger point injections will be beneficial for your chronic pain, contact our physiatrist on Long Island today at Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation of Long Island!Leave a reply →