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Who Benefits from Trigger Point Injections?

Who Benefits from Trigger Point Injections?

Chronic pain is a common medical condition, affecting more than 20% of adults in the United States, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.  

Experiencing pain on a regular basis can be very frustrating and can interfere with your quality of life. Fortunately, however, most types of chronic pain can be reduced or eliminated with a variety of pain management treatment approaches.

One of these is a modality known as trigger point injections. This type of treatment delivers targeted relief to specific parts of your body through injections that help muscles relax.

At Atlas Health Center in San Francisco, California, our providers are happy to offer a full menu of chronic pain treatments, including trigger point injections. Here, we share helpful information about trigger point injections, including tips on determining whether this pain reduction modality may be beneficial to you.

Relaxing injections

Trigger point injections target muscle knots known as myofascial trigger points. These knots may form after injury, trauma, strain, or overuse. They may also aggravate nearby nerves, leading to pain in other parts of the body as well as the area near the knot.

Trigger point injections can cause these knots to release tension and tightness that contribute to pain.

During trigger point injection treatment, your provider starts off by locating knots. Then, after cleaning the skin over the knot, your provider gently inserts a very thin needle into the knot. Your provider carefully moves the needle in and out of the knot without removing the needle from your skin.

Depending on your situation, your provider may use a “dry” needle without medication (a process known as dry needling). Or your provider may inject a very small amount of pain reliever and/or steroid into the knot. Either way, the procedure takes only a few minutes.

The action of the needle causes the knot to release and relax, which can lead to a decrease in pain caused by the muscle tightness and radiated nerve pain.  

If your injection needs to be repeated, your provider will let you know when to return for another treatment.

Are trigger point injections right for you?

You might be a good candidate for trigger point injections if you suffer from one or more of the following conditions:

Help for your chronic pain 

Don’t put up with chronic pain any longer. Our providers can evaluate your symptoms and propose a personalized treatment plan that can help you start feeling better soon. 

In addition to trigger point injections, we also offer chiropractic adjustments, acupuncture, physical therapy, and other treatments to alleviate chronic pain.

To schedule a pain evaluation, call our San Francisco office at 415-549-0555 to schedule a treatment, or book an appointment online now.

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