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A Trigger Point Injection (TPI) is an outpatient procedure that is designed to reduce or relieve the pain of trigger points.

TPIs are  non-surgical procedures for pain that only takes a few minutes to complete in the office.  Trigger points are small, tender knots that can form in muscles or the fascia (the soft, stretchy connective tissue that surrounds muscles and organs).  Many times, such knots can be felt under the skin.  Trigger points may irritate the nerves around them and cause referred pain, or pain that is felt in another part of the body.  A combination of a local anesthetic and steroid are most commonly used.

Trigger Point Injections are used to treat several different groups of muscles and conditions that cause pain. Individuals suffering from lower back pain, neck pain, tension headaches or Myofascial Pain Syndrome can get relief from TPIs.

During the TPI procedure, the skin is pressed and pinched to locate the targeted trigger point. Once identified a small needle is inserted into the patient’s trigger point. The injection contains a local anesthetic or saline, and may include a corticosteroid. With the injection, the trigger point is made inactive and the pain is alleviated.

Trigger point injections are an effective treatment option for inactivating trigger points and providing prompt relief of symptoms from myofascial pain syndrome.

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