trigger point injections

Things to Know Before Pulling the Trigger on Trigger Point Injections

Chances are, you’ve experienced muscle pain at some point or another. All too often, strained, overused muscles lend themselves to inflammation and achiness. In some cases, you may even feel a tender “knot” that’s particularly sore. This is called a trigger point (typically found in the neck, upper back and shoulders), which can actually cause pain beyond this area and into other parts of the body.

While trigger point therapy can do wonders when it comes to easing this pain, attacking the source head-on is sometimes the only way to prompt real and lasting relief. Enter a trigger point injection. Here’s everything you need to know about this game-changing treatment.

What Are Trigger Point Injections?

This is exactly what it sounds like—a localized injection, administered by a licensed medical doctor, delivered right to the trigger point. At Pain Stop North Phoenix, it contains a mix of an anesthetic and low-dose steroid. The first eases the pain, while the latter brings down inflammation. Together, this helps relieve tension so that the muscle can loosen up and finally begin healing. This translates to much-welcomed pain relief. While some patients experience temporary soreness following the injection, it generally comes without side effects.

When Should You Consider a Trigger Point Injection?

If you’re experiencing persistent, chronic pain, it might be worth considering a trigger point injection since it’s a treatment that gets directly to the root of the problem. While it doesn’t hurt to first try less aggressive approaches (i.e. anti-inflammatory medications, massage therapy, etc.), most patients find that when it comes to debilitating pain, sometimes going straight to the source is the most effective course of action. This is precisely why trigger point injections are usually well received by those suffering from conditions like fibromyalgia.

How to Get a Trigger Point Injection

The experienced medical doctors at Pain Stop North Phoenix are no strangers to this kind of therapy. While receiving an injection to such a sensitive part of the body, the last thing you want is someone who doesn’t know the ins and outs of this type of pain management. Our team is all about safety, effectiveness, and delivering a pleasant patient experience. And in many cases, one injection is all it takes.

Curious if a trigger point injection is right for you? Pain Stop North Phoenix’s pain management team can answer that question for you with a free consultation and X-rays. If injections aren’t the best way to relieve your pain, they can point you in the right direction.

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