What is Trigger Point?
Trigger Points are painful areas of muscle that are tender and may feel like tight bands or knots when pressed. Pressing on the trigger point will “trigger” pain at the area of pressure and often in other areas. This is called referral pain. For example, pressing on a trigger point at the top of the shoulder may send pain down the arm or up into the neck.
Trigger points are overactive muscle areas that can come from stress, using the muscle too much, or problems with spine or posture. Typically, trigger points are treated with massage or myofascial release. Sometimes these knots are too deep or too painful to be relieved by manual pressure so your doctor may order a Trigger Point Injection. A trigger point injection is an outpatient procedure designed to reduce or relieve the back pain caused by trigger points.
What are the benefits of Trigger Point Injection therapy?
- Immediate Pain Relief
- Improves Range of Motion
- Breaks up scar tissue (that massage can’t reach)
- Increase effectiveness of physical therapy
- Reduces total treatment time
What conditions can be treated with Trigger Point Injection Therapy?
TPI Therapy is used to treat many muscle groups, especially those in the arms, legs, lower back, and neck. In addition, TPIs can be used to treat fibromyalgia, migraines and tension headaches. The technique is also used to alleviate myofascial pain syndrome (chronic pain involving tissue that surrounds muscle) that does not respond to other treatments.