Trigger Point Injections

Trigger point injections (TPIs) are a medical treatment used to relieve muscle pain, specifically pain caused by trigger points, which are tight, painful “knots” in muscles. These knots can form when muscles do not relax and can irritate the surrounding nerves, causing referred pain in other parts of the body.

Here’s how it works

  1. In your visit for trigger point therapy, we take a thorough history and do a physical exam to determine musculoskeletal issue(s).
  2. Injection: The thinnest needle is inserted into the trigger point site. The injection typically contains a local anesthetic (ie lidocaine) and or saline (salt water), to open up the trigger point and numb it temporarily. In some cases, the needle alone (dry needling) can be used to break up the muscle knot.
  3. Relief: The injection helps to relax the muscle, relieve pain, and improve range of motion. The local anesthetic numbs the area, providing immediate pain relief, while the act of injecting can help disrupt the muscle knot.
  4. Post-Injection Care: Patients may be advised to stretch and perform physical therapy exercises to maintain muscle flexibility and prevent the recurrence of trigger points.

Trigger point injections are commonly used to treat conditions like myofascial pain syndrome, fibromyalgia, tension headaches, and chronic pain in the neck, back, and shoulders. They are typically considered when other treatments, such as physical therapy or oral medications, have not provided sufficient relief.

Is NAD IV therapy safe?

NAD IV therapy is generally safe and well-tolerated. However, as with any medical treatment, there are some potential side effects, such as nausea, headache, and flushing. It is important to discuss any concerns you may have with your healthcare provider before starting NAD IV therapy and inform them of any medications you may be using. Talk to your doctor about receiving NAD therapy if you have been diagnosed with a pheochromocytoma or cancers in the past.