FAQs About Trigger Point Injections

1. What are trigger point injections?

Trigger point injections are a minimally invasive treatment option for relieving muscle pain and stiffness caused by trigger points or "knots" in the muscles. A licensed healthcare professional administers the injection, which typically contains a local anesthetic and sometimes a corticosteroid, to relax the muscle and alleviate pain.

2. Who can benefit from trigger point injections?

Individuals experiencing muscle pain and stiffness due to trigger points may benefit from trigger point injections. This treatment is especially helpful for those suffering from myofascial pain syndrome, fibromyalgia, tension headaches, neck and back pain, and chronic muscle pain.

3. Are trigger point injections painful?

Patients may experience mild discomfort during the procedure, but the local anesthetic in the injection helps to numb the area, minimizing pain. Some patients report a brief stinging sensation during the injection, which typically subsides quickly.

4. How long does the procedure take?

Trigger point injection procedures are typically quick, lasting only a few minutes per injection site. The total duration of the treatment depends on the number of trigger points being addressed.

5. How soon can I expect relief from pain and stiffness?

Many patients experience relief from pain and stiffness soon after the procedure, as the local anesthetic takes effect. However, the duration of relief varies among individuals and depends on the severity of the trigger points.

6. Are there any side effects or risks associated with trigger point injections?

Trigger point injections are generally safe and well-tolerated. However, some patients may experience mild side effects, such as soreness or bruising at the injection site. Serious side effects are rare but can include infection, bleeding, or nerve damage.

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If you're considering trigger point injections to address muscle pain and stiffness, our licensed healthcare professionals at Tennessee Spine are here to help. We serve patients in Sevierville, TN, and surrounding areas, offering comprehensive chiropractic services. Call us at (865) 286-5421 to schedule your appointment or visit our office in Sevierville, TN, to discuss your treatment options and learn how we can help you achieve lasting relief from muscle pain.