A back muscle spasm is an extremely common cause of acute and chronic neck pain and back pain. Spasms often present as painful “knots” within the muscles. The muscles of the neck and back can be so uncomfortable that they also restrict range of motion. In addition to physical therapy, trigger point injections are also used to help reduce the inflammation and irritation within the muscle.
Conditions Treated with Trigger Point Injections
Trigger point injections are used to treat pain related to back muscle spasms.
Some conditions Endoscopic Discectomy treats are:
- Degenerative Disc Disease
- Herniated Disc
- Bulging Disc
- Pinched Nerve
Before Trigger Point Injections
Once you have decided to have the trigger point injection, the following events take place:
- If taking aspirin or anti-inflammatory medications daily, stop these medications at least three days before the injection.
During Trigger Point Injections
- The trigger point injection is usually performed in the physician’s clinic.
- The skin in the area of the injection is cleaned.
- The skin may be numbed with a local anesthetic.
- A small needle is inserted into the muscle causing the spasm-related pain (a steroid is sometimes injected also).
- A local anesthetic is injected into the muscle.
- The procedure usually takes about 30 minutes.
My experience at this facility was honestly the most pleasant. After going through different doctors and chiropractors, Dr. Raval and his staff were able to get me back on my feet in just a few treatments. They’re very kind and easy to work with, I was able to make a last minute visit with the doctor, and the hours were convenient. As a patient, I am fully satisfied with my experience at this office.
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After Trigger Point Injections
- You will be able to leave the clinic after the injection.
- Soreness in the area of the injection may be experienced for 24 to 48 hours after the injection.
- Typically, patients are prescribed to participate in an active physical rehabilitation program after the injection.
Dr. Raj Raval, M.D.
- Board Certified
- Interventional Pain & Musculoskeletal Medicine Specialist
Education & training
- SUNY Downstate PMR Residency
- Rutgers University Fellowship