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Trigger Point Injection Specialist

Achieve Wellness Medical Center

Pain Management Medical Practices located in Columbia, MO

If you experience chronic pain due to fibromyalgia or myofascial pain syndrome, trigger point injections can provide long-term relief and restore your mobility. At Achieve Wellness Medical Center, the team regularly administers trigger point injections to treat muscle pain and inflammation. To make an appointment, call the office in Columbia, Missouri, or click the online booking feature today.

Trigger Point Injection Q&A

What is a trigger point injection?

A trigger point injection treats chronic muscle pain. It’s a quick, minimally invasive procedure that involves your Achieve Wellness Medical Center provider injecting pain medication into one (or several) bundles of tight muscle. The medication allows your muscles to relax and blocks pain receptors. That causes the inflammation to subside, easing your symptoms. 

The team uses several types of medication when administering trigger point injections, including local anesthetics. The medication that will most benefit you depends on several factors, including the severity of your symptoms and the cause of your pain.

What conditions can benefit from a trigger point injection?

At Achieve Wellness Medical Center, the team uses trigger point injections to treat various conditions that affect the musculoskeletal system, including:

  • Fibromyalgia
  • Myofascial pain syndrome
  • Headaches
  • Migraines
  • Back pain
  • Neck pain
  • Temporomandibular joint disorders (TMJ)
  • Sciatica

You might also benefit from a trigger point injection if you experience a sports injury or a work-related injury.

What is the process for receiving a trigger point injection?

Getting a trigger point injection is a quick outpatient procedure that usually takes 30 minutes or less.  

Before administering an injection, your Achieve Wellness Medical Center provider reviews your medical history and asks about your symptoms, including where they occur, their severity, and if the pain extends to other parts of your body. Next, they conduct an exam and order X-rays and an MRI to rule out injuries like a fracture or a dislocated joint.

If your provider determines your symptoms are the result of trigger points (tight knots of muscle) they administer a trigger point injection into the groups of muscle causing you pain. 

How long does it take for a trigger point injection to work?

The length of time it takes for a trigger point injection to work varies from person to person. Some people experience immediate relief, but for others, it takes days or even weeks for symptoms to improve. 

Are trigger point injections safe?

Trigger point injections are safe and usually well-tolerated. Following treatment at Achieve Wellness Medical Center, it’s normal to experience some mild swelling, tenderness, and pain near the injection site. These symptoms should subside in a day or two, but if they persist or get worse, contact the team right away.

To see if you can benefit from a trigger point injection, make an appointment at Achieve Wellness Medical Center by calling the office or clicking the online booking feature today.