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Trigger Point Injections

Trigger Point Injections consist of a combination of anesthetics. 1 part Lidocaine and 3 parts Marcaine (Bupivacaine). Lidocaine will instantly numb up the troubled area minimizing the pain of the injection, while the Marcaine will help to maintain a longer duration of decreased pain in the problematic trigger point. A trigger point is a tender spot in a muscle, which when pressed can cause pain.

Trigger Point Injections.
Preparing for a Trigger Point Injection
You should not take any aspirin for at least 3 days prior to the appointment. Let the Doctor know if you have a condition which will affect how your blood clots, an infection, or if you’re pregnant or think you might be.

The Doctor will discuss with you what happens before, during and after the Trigger Point Injection, and any pain you might have. Please discuss with us any questions or concerns you have about the risks, benefits and alternatives to the procedure.

The Procedure
The doctor will find the trigger point by pressing the skin with a thumb and finger then clean the skin over the trigger point with a sterile wipe.

The trigger point injection is put directly into the trigger point. combination of anesthetics. 1 part Lidocaine and 3 parts Marcaine (Bupivacaine). Lidocaine will instantly numb up the troubled area minimizing the pain of the injection, while the Marcaine will help to maintain a longer duration of decreased pain in the problematic trigger point.

Smaller injections may be made around the trigger point until the muscle is no longer tight or twitching.

After the procedure the doctor will press on the area for a few minutes then cover it with a dressing.

Alternatives to Trigger Point Injections
There are alternatives to Trigger Point Injections. They are:

  • Heat Treatment
  • Laser Therapy
  • Acupressure
  • Physiotherapy Massage
  • Transcutaneous Nerve Stimulation
  • Pain Killers

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What is a Trigger Point?

A Trigger Point, otherwise known as a “muscle knot” is referring to a hyperirritable spot in the skeletal muscle. It usually can be felt as a nodule or band type feeling in the muscle. Trigger points are extremely tender with severe localized pain that frequently radiates out to other areas when disturbed.
Trigger points can be caused by many things such as muscle overload, direct trauma, disease, psychological distress, inflammation, accidental muscle misuse, infections, and decreased immunity.

What does a Trigger Point Injection consist of?

Trigger Point Injections consist of a combination of anesthetics. 1 part Lidocaine and 3 parts Marcaine (Bupivacaine). Lidocaine will instantly numb up the troubled area minimizing the pain of the injection, while the Marcaine will help to maintain a longer duration of decreased pain in the problematic trigger point.

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