If you’ve ever had a painful spot of tightness in your back or another muscle, you’ve experienced what is actually known as a “trigger point.” Muscles in your body are designed to contract and relax smoothly and naturally, but a trigger point can develop when a muscle fails to relax properly, or spasms. Many situations can cause trigger points such as an injury to the muscle, muscle strain, poor posture, or even a spinal condition such as a bulging disc.
You might easily brush off trigger points or muscle spasms as painful nuisances that are little more than a result of a busy schedule leading to a tired and sore body, overuse, or some other minor problem – but these knots in your muscles can potentially lead to more serious issues such as scar tissue, weakness, or a loss of range in motion over time. Trigger points also can pinch surrounding nerves, potentially causing pain that travels to other areas of the body. In more serious cases that haven’t responded to other treatments, a trigger point injection is a procedure that can help alleviate these knots and reduce your back pain.
What is a trigger point injection?
A trigger point injection (or TPI) is a fairly simple injection procedure that can take as little as 30 minutes to complete. In the procedure, your physician will inject an anesthetic and/or steroid medication that eases your pain by deactivating the trigger point. You might experience some twitching in the muscle that has been injected following the procedure, as well as some lingering numbness, but typically pain relief is almost immediate and is sustained for a lengthy period of time.
However, if trigger point injections have failed to ease your neck or back pain, or if what you thought was pain from a simple knot in your back turns out to be the result of a spinal issue like a pinched nerve, a disc protrusion, arthritis of the spine or any of a variety of degenerative spine conditions, contact Laser Spine Institute today. We offer a number of minimally invasive outpatient procedures that may be able to help you find relief from neck and back pain.