Trigger Point Injections F.A.Q.
The American Medical Association defines a trigger point as a “… hyperirritable spot found within a taught band of skeletal muscle or its fascia which when provocatively compressed causes local pain or tenderness as well as characteristic referred pain, tenderness and/or autonomic phenomena.” In layman’s terms, it is a very sensitive, painful patch that has formed in a muscle.
Trigger points are easy to feel during an exam; most people have them. And they often coincide with pain complaints in the neck and upper, mid, and lower back. Have you ever felt a “knot” in a muscle? That’s a trigger point!
Over-use, stress, injury … There are countless ways to develop and worsen them.
Nope! The common phrasing of a “knot” is actually a great way to think about them. If you don’t untie a knot, it’s still a knot – and can get even more tangled. But they can be undone. Same as with these trigger points. And while they’re not tangled, the tight and taut bands can feel that way. Hard and round, painful and hot.
We believe in responsible pain management here at Peak, so we will never use anything like steroids or opioids. We prefer safe and natural alternatives, like a 99% saline/1% lidocaine mix, Platelet Rich Plasma made from your own blood, or a regenerative medicine product made only from healthy umbilical cord cells, post-delivery.
As with any medical procedure, there are some risks. The risk of infection is very small, as is the risk of bleeding after the injection. Most patients do not experience any side effects at all; however a small percentage may feel a pinpoint area of muscle soreness the day after the injection for a very short period of time. Please notify the medical provider if you are allergic to Marcaine (Bupavicaine), Lidocaine, or any medications that end in “caine”.
The products we use are the safest ones on the market, and research has proven they’re actually more effective than the more commonly used steroids. While the saline/lidocaine injections are great for short-term relief, the PRP treatments have a longer lasting result, and the regenerative medicine products can have even longer lasting and sometimes permanent results.
Everyone is different, but as a precaution, we do prefer you hold off from overly strenuous activities for a few weeks in the area of treatment. You can do normal day-to-day activities with no delay.