Trigger Point Injections

Dr. Wells has been offering trigger point injections for 10 years and has some amazing results. Ask her if you’d like to know if this may be a good option for you.

Trigger points are discrete, focal, hyperirritable spots located in a taut band of skeletal muscle. They produce pain locally and in a referred pattern and often accompany chronic musculoskeletal disorders. Acute trauma or repetitive microtrauma may lead to the development of stress on muscle fibers and the formation of trigger points. Trigger points may also manifest as tension headache, tinnitus, temporomandibular joint pain, decreased range of motion in the legs, and low back pain. Palpation of the trigger point will elicit pain directly over the affected area and/or cause radiation of pain toward a zone of reference and a local twitch response. Trigger-point injection has been shown to be one of the most effective treatment modalities to inactivate trigger points and provide prompt relief of symptoms.  Am Fam Physician. 2002 Feb 15;65(4):653-661.

A trigger point injection delivers a mixture of medications to reduce inflammation.

Dr. Wells most often uses lidocaine, procaine with homeopathics for trauma and spasm.  The injection relaxes the muscle, which improves blood flow and promotes healing. If you have more than one trigger point, you may have different muscles injected during the same treatment session.

Trigger point injections are very safe. You may feel some injection site tenderness as the local anesthetic wears off. The main benefit of the trigger point injection is to decreased muscle spasm,  increased blood flow and cellular metabolic turnover in the muscles which leads to decreased pain and increased function.

Trigger Point Indications:

  • Fibromyalgia
  • Chronic Pain Syndrome
  • Myofacial pain syndrome
  • Tension headaches
  • Plantar fasciitis
  • Muscle spasm
  • Sports injuries
  • Repetitive stress injuries