Pain Management Trigger Point Injections

Pain Managment

trigger-point-injectionsThe mission of the pain management division at Alsharaf Orthopaedic & Spine Center is to deliver the highest quality of service and medical care to our patients. We offer inpatient and outpatient, surgical and non-surgical, as well as minimally invasive cutting edge pain management solutions for patients with acute or chronic pain conditions.

We work closely with our surgeons and therapists in a multidisciplinary approach to develop a unique treatment plan that best suits each of our patient’s needs. We are leaders in our field and the premier Center for Pain Medicine in the region.

Diagnostic and Therapeutic Spinal Interventions

  • Cervical, Thoracic, and Lumbosacral Transforaminal, Interlaminar, and Caudal Epidural Steroid injections and Spinal Interventions
  • Chronic Pain Management
  • Diagnostic Provocation Discography
  • Selective Nerve Root Blocks
  • Diagnostic Facet and Sacroiliac Joint Blocks and Radiofrequency Ablation
  • Sympathetic and Stellate Ganglion Blocks
  • Occipital Nerve Blocks
  • Peripheral Nerve Blocks
  • Fluoroscopically guided Diagnostic and Therapeutic Peripheral Joint injections
  • Cervical, Thoracic and Lumbosacral facet joint blocks and injections
  • Neurolytic Blocks
  • Intercostal Nerve Blocks

Minimally Invasive Surgical and Non-Surgical Interventions

  • Radiofrequency Ablation
  • Intra-Discal Electrothermal Therapy
  • Percutaneous Discectomy
  • Vertebroplasty/Kyphoplasty

Alsharaf Orthopaedic & Spine Center has on-site state-of-the-art technology to diagnose and treat orthopaedic conditions.

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09062_02xaTrigger point injections are used to relieve extremely painful areas of muscle.  Trigger points are very tight bands or small areas of a muscle that are very sensitive to touch and pressure.  The trigger point can irritate surrounding nerves and cause referred pain.  Referred pain is a type of pain that radiates to nearby areas.  Traumatic injury, overexertion, muscle tension, muscle spasms, pinched spinal nerves, and hormonal deficiencies are common causes of trigger points.  Trigger point injections are used to treat involved muscles in many areas of the body.  The neck, back and shoulders are particularly common areas injected.


Your doctor can administer trigger point injections in his or her office.  Treatments take several minutes.  Repeated treatments are sometimes necessary.  You may receive a nerve block or simple local anesthetic prior to the procedure to prevent pain.

Your doctor will insert a small needle into your trigger point and inject a local anesthetic.  The anesthetic medication provides pain relief and relaxes intense muscle spasms.  A steroid medication is sometimes included in the injection.  Your doctor will provide you with instructions to reduce initial pain and swelling caused by the procedure.  Trigger point injections are usually followed by physical therapy treatments aimed at pain relief and muscle stretching.