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Administering steroids or a numbing agent at the trigger points, which helps break up any muscle tension in the location of myofascial pain.
Trigger point injections are used to treat painful areas in the muscle. These painful areas result from the presence of trigger points, which occur from a strained or injured muscle, ligament, or tendon. Trigger points can feel like a knot and are usually very tender when pressure or palpation is applied. They can most commonly occur in the neck, shoulders, and in the lower back.
Trigger point injections are performed in office and usually lasts a couple minutes.
Dr. Sammarone will do a physical examination to locate and identify trigger points.
After cleansing the area of injection, a small needle is inserted into the trigger point.
The injection administers steroids and/or a numbing agent at the identified trigger points, helping break up any muscle tension, spasm, and/or calcifications.
What causes the formation of trigger points?
Trigger points may be associated with numerous conditions and a wide range of factors such as:
After the Injection
Soreness and numbness may be present after the injection. Dr. Sammarone recommends applying an ice pack, and massaging the area of injection for the first 12 hours, applying ice for 20 minutes every two hours, following the procedure.
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Marcello Sammarone, M.D.