When a patient experiences pain associated with knotted muscles in the upper or lower back, neck and head, an effective pain-relieving option is trigger point injections (TPI). Schedule a consultation to find if TPI is a good pain treatment for you so you can get back to a pain free active lifestyle.
More About TPI
Trigger point injection (TPI) is a simple procedure that involves injection of medications into trigger points, or knots that form when muscles do not relax. In the TPI procedure, a gentle pressure applied upon a trigger point to observe muscle twitch and evaluate the patient’s pain.
When the painful area has been identified, a medical practitioner uses a small needle to inject medications into the trigger point. Common treatment sites include the arms, legs, back, and neck. Typically, TPI medications include a local anesthetic (painkiller). These medications work in concert to lower inflammation and disperse the trigger point.
What Is Trigger Point?
A myofascial trigger point, or knot, is a hyperirritable spot, usually located within a taut band of skeletal muscle, which feels painful upon compression and can give rise to characteristic pain, motor dysfunction, and autonomic phenomena. Trigger points produce local and referred pain and often accompany chronic musculoskeletal disorders, such as myofascial pain syndrome. Myofascial pain syndrome causes localized muscle pain. Affected muscles cause neck pain, upper back pain, and lower back pain, generally affecting one side of the body or one side of the body much more than the other.