Trigger Point Injection
What is a trigger point injection?
A trigger point injection or TPI for short is an injection that is given directly into the trigger point for pain management.The injection may be an anesthetic, a mixture of anesthetics, or a corticosteroid. With the injection, the trigger point is made inactive and the pain is relieved.
How are trigger points identified?
Often trigger points are the areas where the muscle is most tender. When trigger points are pushed, pain radiates from the trigger point itself to an area around the trigger point. Trigger points commonly accompany chronic musculoskeletal disorders such as fibromyalgia, neck pain, and lower back pain. They may also occur with tension headache; acute trauma or repetitive minor injury can lead to the development of trigger points.
Pains that are triggered from everyday activities
Using smart phone devices
Today, many people rely on their technologies for everyday tasks such as managing plans, keeping in contact with loved ones, and even for business meetings and conferences. The smart device in which we hold in our hands so dearly can trigger pain that we never would put our minds to. Holding that little device in your fingers can cause acute pain that can become chronic after developing carpal tunnel from typing on that mini keyboard. Our slouched neck from looking down into our tablets can trigger neck pain which can trigger into shoulder pain.
Driving to work everyday
Although our four-wheel motor vehicle takes us places, how we position ourselves in contrast to how we should be sitting for long hours can trigger back and neck pain. Many people set their car seats at the wrong angle. If the seat is reclined, you may slouch forward to grip the steering wheel. This pulls your head away from the headrest and can cause neck pain.
Active video games at home
Gamingor Video games that simulate the motions of popular sports can result in real sports injuries and can cause everything from sprains to torn ligaments and broken bones. Do some stretching before starting an active video game. Make sure you have plenty of space around you, so you won’t trip or crash into anything. And don’t play for longer than you would a real sport.
Lifting heavy boxes, groceries or carrying heavy backpacks
Any pressure added to your back or shoulder will sure to cause pain as your muscles are working for longer period to hold up your heavy backpack or laptop case. Handheld laptop cases put stress on the forearm and can actually give you tennis elbow. In addition, bags that you wear over one shoulder can contribute to back and shoulder pain. Lifting heavy groceries can also trigger back pain and lower back pain. To lift properly, bend the knees and hips until you are squatting. Keep the back upright. Grab the object and lift with your leg muscles by straightening your knees and hips.
Bad sleeping habits at night
If you wake up sore most mornings, take a good look at your sleep posture. Stomach sleepers may twist their necks to the point of hyperextension. Most people sleep on their sides with one arm overhead. After many hours, this position can strain the shoulder. A better sleeping habit is if yousleep on your back or on your side with your arms below shoulder level. Side sleepers can place a pillow between the knees to support the lower back. Back sleepers can put a pillow under the neck and beneath their knees.
Straining of the eyes for long periods of time
Your desk job can cause your eyes to strain from long period of staring at the monitor at maximum brightness. This is how headaches and migraines are triggered. Headaches that are centered behind the eyebrows may be due to eyestrain. Eyestrain may occur when you have uncorrected vision problems, such as nearsightedness, farsightedness, or astigmatism.
When are trigger point injections used?
Trigger point injection is used when a patient has a painful trigger point, especially when pain radiates from the trigger point to the surrounding area. Trigger point injections may be used as a treatment for conditions such as fibromyalgia and myofascial pain syndrome. However, the trigger points commonly occur with chronic pain syndromes. Trigger point injections may be administered on a regular or as needed bases. The frequency of trigger point injections depends on the medication being injected.