Trigger Points are areas of muscle that are sensitive to touch. These can occur in any muscle, but generally occur in the upper and lower back muscles. Trigger point injections are done when muscles are sensitive to touch and movement of an area is painful. By injecting a muscle with a local anesthetic (numbing medicine) and a steroid, pain is decreased and movement is increased. These medications provide long-term reduction in inflammation and pain.
You may resume your normal activities after the injection. The injection(s) sites may be a little sore or tender the next day. This is expected. You may use a moist heating pad or warm towel to the area of soreness. If you develop pain, weakness in the area of injections, or severe swelling or bruising at the site of injection that is of concern for you – Please call our office.
The steroids injected into your muscle will take 2-7 days to take effect. You may notice a big improvement or it may be more subtle such as moving and walking with less discomfort. This means the steroids are working and reducing the inflammation.