Looking for trigger point injections near me to relieve back pain, neck pain, and headaches? The Spine Center of Southeast Georgia offers minimally invasive pain management solutions like trigger point injections for men and women in Brunswick and Kingsland, GA.
What Are Trigger Point Injections?
A trigger point injection is an injection of local anesthesia and steroids that treats painful trigger points and tight bands in the muscle. These knots can often be felt under the skin and may even twitch when they are prodded.
Trigger points are focal areas for inflammation and muscle spasm. Upper back muscles are a common area for trigger points which can cause headaches and neck and shoulder pain. Along with the upper back, trigger points may also occur in the lower back, or less often, in the extremities.
What Do Trigger Point Injections Treat?
Trigger point injections are effective at treating trigger points in areas that are responsible for many forms of pain like back pain, arm pain, leg pain, and neck pain. Trigger point injections for the lower back can ease sciatica, tailbone pain, and pain in the buttocks and groin, for example.
How Are Trigger Point Injections Performed?
Trigger point injections are performed in an office setting in a procedure that takes just minutes. You will typically lie on your stomach or sit on an exam table. The trigger point will be located with manual palpitation and the site will be marked. Ultrasound and x-ray guidance generally are not necessary for trigger point injections.
The area will be cleaned and a small needle will be inserted into the trigger point. A combination of local anesthetic and/or steroid medications are injected to ease inflammation and improve blood flow to the area to help it heal. This treatment can help tender trigger points go away.
The health care professional will then clean the area with alcohol or another skin cleaner, and the needle is then inserted into the trigger point and the medication injected.
How Long Do Trigger Point Injections Last?
Ideally, most patients will find their trigger point resolved after just one injection. This can be the case when the patient has only one isolated trigger point, and especially if the cause of the trigger point has been removed. Any trigger points caused by chronic conditions such as myofascial pain syndrome or fibromyalgia tend to see reoccurrences due to the underlying problem of these conditions. In these cases, trigger point injections may need to be administered repeatedly.
You don’t need to live with the pain of tender trigger points in your back, arms, or legs. Contact us to schedule a consultation so we can help you get relief from trigger points. The Spine Center of Southeast Georgia offers trigger point injections and other effective pain management services for patients in Kingsland and Brunswick, GA.