Trigger Point Injection
Trigger Point Injection is an injection technique frequently used to help patients with long standing pain resulting from an acute muscle injury often associated with repetitive motion. As a result of the injury the muscle tires out quickly, puts additional strain on the joints associated with the muscle and can cause significant radiating pain. By treating the muscle, the additional strain on the joint is alleviated. The technique requires two steps. First, and for purposes of minimizing any pain associated with the procedure an injection of local anesthetic (Procaine or Lidocaine) into the skin may be done. This may be followed with the injection of a local anesthetic (Procaine or Lidocaine) and/or a steroid medication (Depomedrol, Celestone or Aristospan) or medication to decrease nerve irritability (Sarapin) into the “trigger point” in the muscle or ligament.