Are There Any Risks With a Trigger Point Injection?
Trigger point injections are generally safe when performed by an experienced healthcare provider. Potential risks include:
– Bleeding, bruising, or infection at the injection site
– Temporary increase in pain after the procedure
– Allergic reaction to the medication
– Injury to surrounding tissues like nerves or blood vessels
What Are the Benefits of Having Trigger Point Injections?
The main benefits of trigger point injections include:
– Directly targets the source of intense pain
– May need fewer pain medications
– Reduces muscle knots and spasms
– Improves range of motion
– Significant improvement in pain relief
– Avoids more invasive or complex treatments
When other approaches fail to relieve muscle pain, trigger point injections can provide lasting results without surgery or prescription medications.
What Are the Downsides of Having Trigger Point Injections?
The downsides of trigger point injections include:
– Can be painful while repeatedly inserting the injection
– Temporary soreness, redness, swelling, or bruising of the surrounding tissue
– Requires repeated treatments for maximum benefits
– Not a cure for the underlying cause of trigger points
– Relief duration varies individually
Proper healthcare provider training and technique minimize the risks. We strive to make the procedure as comfortable as possible.
What Happens When You Get a Trigger Point Injection Procedure?
How Long Does an Injection Last?
Most patients experience significant pain relief starting 24-72 hours after the injection. The benefits typically last around one month, but the duration can vary. Some may get longer-lasting results from one injection, while others require repeat treatment about once a month until their muscle feels adequately relaxed.
Is a Trigger Point Injection Painful?
Injecting medication into an already painful, sensitive knot in the muscle can cause some discomfort. However, the injection pressure sensation lets our provider know the medication is going into the right trigger point location.
What Should You Expect After a Trigger Point Injection?
After your injection, you may have some residual soreness or numbness at the injection site. This usually goes away within a few days. We recommend taking it easy on the treated muscle for a day or two. You should notice an improvement in your pain a day or two after the injection.
Trigger Point Injections vs. Dry Needling
Dry needling also targets trigger points using needles without injecting any medication. Here’s how the two modalities compare:
Trigger Point Injection
– Injects anesthetic and/or steroid
– Provides temporary pain relief
– Given by doctors or pain specialists
– No medication injected
– Stimulates trigger point using a needle
– Performed by physical therapists, chiropractors
Understanding the differences allows patients to choose the better option for their situation. We offer both trigger point injections and dry needling to effectively treat muscle pain trigger points.
Why Choose Limitless Chiropractic?
At Limitless Chiropractic in Quincy, IL, we are your pain management specialists. We combine these targeted injections with chiropractic adjustments, physical therapy, massage therapy, and other modalities.
Our goal is to find the source of your pain and create customized solutions to restore mobility and function. Dr. Felsman provides compassionate, patient-focused care that goes beyond just masking symptoms.
Contact us today to see if trigger point injections can help get you lasting relief.