What is a Trigger Point?
A trigger point is a tight, painful “knot” of muscle fiber. It forms where a muscle is strained or injured. The knot can sometimes be felt under the skin. A trigger point is very tender to the touch. Pain may also spread to other parts of the affected muscle.
Easing Trigger Point Pain
The cause of your muscle pain or spasms may be one or more trigger points. Your doctor will inject the painful spots to relax the muscle. This helps relieve your pain and make movement easier.
During the Procedure
You will sit or lie on an exam table so your doctor can reach the affected muscle.
- Your doctor will feel the muscle to find the exact spot of the trigger point.
- Once the trigger point is found, it is injected. The injection contains a corticosteroid along with the local anesthetic.
- If you have other trigger points, the process will be repeated.
After the Treatment
You can go home soon after treatment. Take is easy for the rest of the day. The injection sites may be sore for a day or so.
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