Las Vegas Spine and Pain Clinic
Trigger Point Injections
When a muscle fails to relax normally, a trigger point forms and creates a tight, ropy area or “knot.” A trigger point can irritate and inflame surrounding nerves, which can then cause pain to another part of the body. If not treated, a trigger point can develop scar tissue and cause loss of range of motion and general muscle weakness. The trigger point injection procedure takes only a couple of minutes to complete.
A trigger point injection can be administered by a pain management doctor at Las Vegas Spine and Pain and consists of a local anesthetic and possibly a steroid. These injections have been shown to be one of the most effective treatments for trigger points, as the injections not only provide nearly instant pain relief but can also provide long-term relief from trigger point pain. A study with 35 patients’ pain was reduced in 34 out of the 35 patients, with all patients having significant pain reduction 2 years after the injection.
The procedure goes as follows:
Side effects include tenderness at the injection site, lightheadedness, and bleeding. These side minimal side effects usually result in the patient returning home within the hour after the procedure. Patients should stretch and move the muscle after the injection.
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