What You Need to Know About Trigger Point Injections

Accident related injuries are very common, considering that we have over six million car accidents each year in the United States. One form of medical treatment we see in our Fort Worth Accident & Injury Law Practice is what is called Trigger Point Injections (TPI). These are used to treat painful areas of muscle that contain trigger points, or knots, that develop in muscle and tissue that form when muscles do not relax.  This can happen when the body is stressed, “frozen,” injured or overworked.  Frequently, these knots can be felt under the skin.  Trigger points can irritate the nerves surrounding them and cause referred pain--or pain that is felt in another part of the body.  This is why conventional treatments for pain so often fail.

Trigger points can occur as a result of muscle trauma, like from a car accident.  A single event can initiate a trigger point, and you can suffer the effects for the rest of your life if that trigger point is not addressed properly.   

 If you have lingering pain, tightness, or restriction of certain movements, it’s possible you’re feeling the effects of trigger points.  And these pain spots may produce symptoms as diverse as headache, neck and jaw pain, low back pain, sciatica, dizziness, earaches, sinusitis, nausea, heartburn, false heart pain, heart arrhythmia, genital pain, and numbness in the hands and feet.

Trigger Point Therapy works by applying deep sustained pressure to the “knotted-up area.”  As the Trigger Point is worked, your body will undergo soft tissue release, allowing for increased blood flow, a reduction in muscle spasm, and the break-up of scar tissue.  It will also help remove any build-up of toxic metabolic waste.  Your body will also undergo a neurological release, reducing the pain signals to the brain and resetting your neuromuscular system to restore its proper function.  

In the TPI procedure, a board certified medical physician inserts a small needle into the patient’s trigger point and a local anesthetic with or without a corticosteroid.  The injection of medication inactivates the trigger point and the pain is alleviated.  Usually a short period of treatment provides sustained relief.  Injections are administered in a doctor’s office and usually don’t take more than thirty minutes.  Several areas of the body may be injected in one visit.  In most cases, stretching exercises and physical therapy are performed following TPI.

If you have questions regarding medical treatment or other issues after a motor vehicle accident or other type of injury caused by some else’s negligence, you can call us for a free consultation. We can be reached in Fort Worth at 817-294-1900.

Mark A. Anderson
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