Trigger Point Injection

A trigger point injection is used to treat painful areas in a muscle. A trigger point is a knot in the muscle that does not relax and is very sensitive to touch. When pressure is applied to the trigger point, you will feel some pain at the point of touch. You may also feel some pain in another part of the body. This is called the target zone.

The shot contains a long-acting pain reliever. Sometimes it is mixed with a steroid. This may help relieve muscle spasms and the feeling of tightness in the area. This will alleviate your discomfort and make it easier for you to move and exercise.

Common areas that have trigger points include:

  • Muscles in the buttocks
  • Muscles in the upper back
  • Muscles in the lower back

Common causes of trigger points are:

  • An injury.
  • Strain from everyday activities.
  • Body mechanics or the way you move.
  • Certain activities

Before getting a trigger point injection, tell your doctor if you have:

  • An allergy to latex, steroids, or lidocaine.
  • Are taking aspirin or nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) such as Motrin®, Aleve®or any other drugs that prevent blood clotting including: Coumadin®, Plavix® Heparin
  • An infection near the area where the shot will be given

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