Trigger Point Injections FAQ


If you have questions regarding trigger point injections or other pain management treatments at transformyou, please schedule a free consultation by calling 480-839-4131 or by filling out a consultation request form. During your consultation, your Doctor will discuss the reason for your pain, what is happening in your body to cause the pain and all possible pain management treatment options available to you.

Trigger Point Injections Frequently Asked Questions

When Is Trigger Point Injection used?

Trigger Point Injection (TPI) is used to treat many muscle groups, especially those in the arms, legs, lower back, and neck. Myofascial pain syndrome is a chronic pain condition in which there may be several trigger points limited to a particular area of the body. The pain and spasm associated with trigger points can lead to a vicious pain cycle in which pain causes more spasm and spasm causes more pain. Myofascial pain syndrome is not to be confused with Fibromyalgia. Myofascial pain syndrome is a regional or localized pain syndrome in contrast to FMS (Fibromyalgia Syndrome) which is a widespread musculoskeletal pain syndrome. In addition, TPI can be used to treat fibromyalgia and tension headaches.

What happens during the procedure?

In the TPI procedure, the Doctor inserts a small needle into the patient's trigger point. The injection typically contains a local anesthetic (numbing) medication, saline, and/or natural substances. The basis for a TPI is to relax the area of intense muscle spasm. By relaxing the muscle spasm, blood flow to the area is improved thus allowing the washout of irritating metabolites. With the injection, the trigger point is made inactive, and the pain is alleviated. Usually, a brief course of treatment will result in sustained relief. Injections are given in office and usually take just a few minutes. Several sites may be injected in one visit. If a patient has an allergy to a certain medication, a dry-needle technique (involving no medications) can be used. You may also experience some numbness over the pattern of referral of the muscle injected for about an hour after the injection. There may be some stiffness and soreness, which should not last longer than 24 hours. Within two or three days you should experience a decrease in pain.

How often will I need injections?

Most patients receive an initial series of injections, which are repeated two to three weeks later. Your response to these injections will guide the Doctor as to whether or not additional injections are indicated.

How do I prepare for the injections?

Before you receive a trigger point injection, it is beneficial if you know how to perform exercises to stretch the involved muscles. Then, after the injections, you should immediately perform the exercises once per hour for the remainder of that day. Moist heat may also be recommended over the area of the trigger point injections to maximize the benefit from the injections

How long do the benefits of the injections last?

Trigger point injections are just one component of your overall treatment program, which may also include physical therapy and regular home exercise. If those regimens are faithfully followed, a single series of injections are more likely to provide long-lasting benefit. Some people, however, no matter how diligent they are, will require additional injections.

Are there any risks to the procedure?

Generally, trigger point injections are quite safe. No procedure is totally without risk, however, and possible complications include temporary muscle soreness, infection, bleeding and bruising. Quite rare are weakness in the injected muscles (up to 45 minutes) or puncture of the lung.

Free Trigger Point Injection and Pain Management Consultations

Call 480-839-4131 or use the consultation request form located throughout the site to schedule your free consultation about trigger point injections and pain management treatment options.

We serve patients in the Phoenix AZ area including Tempe, Chandler, Gilbert, Mesa, Scottsdale, Ahwatukee, Peoria, Glendale, Avondale, and Fountain Hills. All patients always work directly with one of our licensed physicians to ensure patient safety and confidentiality.