Trigger point injection
Trigger point injections (TPI) may be an option for treating pain in some patients. TPI is a procedure used to treat painful areas of muscle that contain trigger points, or knots of muscle that form when muscles do not relax. Many times, these knots can be felt under the skin. Trigger points often irritate the nerves around them and cause referred pain, or pain that is felt in another part of the body.
In the TPI procedure, Dr. Miner inserts a small needle into the patient's trigger point. The injection contains local anesthetic (for your comfort). 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 a doctor's 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 drug, a dry-needle technique (involving no medications) can be used.
TPI is used to treat many muscle groups. TPI can be used to treat fibromyalgia, chronic and tension headaches. The technique is also used to alleviate myofascial pain syndrome (chronic pain involving tissue that surrounds muscle) that does not respond to other treatments.
Dr. Miner utilizes trigger point injection treatment to address facial pain, headaches, neck and shoulder pain. Dr. Miner uses anesthetic to make your treatment more comfortable. The techniques Dr. Miner utilizes can often time provide immediate relief and relief that can last.