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Ultrasound guided trigger point injections

Ultrasound guided trigger point injections

Ultrasound-guided trigger point injection is a safe and effective method of pain management. The injections contain anti-inflammatory medication with the gentle pain reliever lidocaine. They improve muscular and nerve-based disarray, and increase blood flow which brings healthy levels of oxygen to the site.

What is a trigger point?

A trigger point is a painful knot or nodule of muscle spasm that forms when a muscle does not relax. Usually, these knots can be felt under the skin. Acute trauma, muscle overload (such as carrying a heavy back-pack for too long), or even a series of minor injuries can cause trigger points to form. Sometimes, trigger points may irritate the nerves at a distance and cause referred pain – that is, (pain that you feel in another part of the body, instead of where the underlying cause is located).

How it works?

You will feel a prick as the technician puts the needle in your vein, then you sit back and relax as the ketamine drips into your body painlessly. You will feel your mood lift but you won’t get high, and your pain will noticeably reduce. We will ask you to stay for 30 minutes after the treatment in order to monitor your vitals and reaction to the drug.

Why you need a series of injections

Trigger point injections work best in a series because you need several injections to reset the length tension curve of the muscle, and retrain it to remain in the lengthened state. Each treatment provides a positive accumulative effect. This is especially applicable in large areas such as the pelvic floor, and when there is a large number of nerve branches. In such situations, you achieve the best level of pain relief by doing a series of injections.

After treatment

You can go back to your daily routine but wait until the following day to perform heavy exercise. Physical therapy will also help if done a few days after the injection.