Trigger Point Injections (TPI) for Muscle Pain in Austin TX

woman dealing with trigger points in back

Trigger Point Injections (TPI) address specific pain by injecting medicine directly into problem muscles in the body. If you are a sufferer of chronic pain, TPIs can bring much-needed relief.

What is a trigger point?

Trigger points are concentrated areas of inflammation and spasm in muscles. Some common trigger point areas include:

  • Lower back
  • Shoulders
  • Rhomboid
  • Trapezius

Trigger points create pain in the area where found. However, the trigger point can also radiate pain to nerves around the area, transmitting pain to other extremities in the body.

A trigger point will feel like a knot when you massage a relaxed muscle.
Trigger points will stay swollen when the muscle is relaxed, so it will be easier to find.

Trigger points can lead to other chronic pain conditions, such as:

  1. Neck pain
  2. Lower back pain
  3. TMJ/TMD
  4. Tension headaches
  5. Myofascial pain syndrome
  6. Fibromyalgia

How do trigger points form?

Your body contains a material known as fascia. Fascia acts as a protective barrier to keep bad things away from organs, muscles, and more.

The fascia that covers your muscles is known as myofascia. If myofascia tears and heals incorrectly, it can press down on vital nerves and cause pain.

Additionally, this pain can cause stiffness and a decrease in the ability to move your muscles. This only causes trigger points to get worse.

How do TPIs help fix trigger points?

TPIs will relax the muscles and numb the pain points. Once the pain goes away, you can stretch your muscles and function normally.

TPIs also allow blood to flow through the trigger area again. Once blood begins flowing unrestricted, then the area can potentially heal, possibly eliminating the chance for further pain rehabilitation

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How does the treatment work?

A mixture of lidocaine and a steroid are mixed for maximum effect.

The mixture is then injected three times:

  • One shot at a 90º angle
  • Two shots at 45º angles

Once the mixture is injected, inflammation decreases and the trigger point causing the pain calms.

Let the TPI administrator know if you have any allergies prior to injection. If you are unable to receive a TPI, you may be able to get another procedure done, such as the Graston® technique or massage therapy.

After the injection, some people can get a steroid flare, which causes temporary inflammation in the affected area.

If you get a steroid flare, ice down the area for 20 minutes post-injection. The swelling should go down and not affect the actual effectiveness of the shot.

Once the injection is done, you should feel improved mobility and reduced pain within 24 hours.

What happens after the TPI?

Ask the administrator of the TPI what kind of physical therapy to start. Once you get muscle movement back, it is critical to stretch out the trigger points. Specific stretches can enhance blood flow and help bring an end to problem trigger points in the body.

Monitor your progress post-TPI. If stretches are not working out the trigger points, and you still suffer from spasms or chronic pain, you may need a series of TPIs to work out the muscles further.

Get Your TPI Today

Blue Tree Health Integrative Medicine offers trigger point injections for Austin residents that are living with severe pain. Our American Academy of Procedural Medicine certified administrators will give you the best in TPI care.

Don’t let your pain control you. Contact us now to schedule your first appointment.