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What is a Trigger Point?

The cause of your muscle pain or spasms may be one or more trigger points. A trigger point is a tight, painful 'knot' of muscle fiber. It can form where a muscle is strained or injured. Dr. Khan may decide to inject the painful spots to relax the muscle. This can help relieve your pain. Relaxing the muscle can also make movement easier. You may then be able to exercise to strengthen the muscle and make it heal. 

The knot can sometimes be felt underneath the skin. A trigger point is very tender to touch. Pain may also spread to other parts of the affected muscle. The below muscles are often affected on or around the:

  • Knee
  • Shoulder Blade
  • Upper Back
  • Lower Back

After the Treatment

After the injection, you may be instructed to put ice or heat on the treated site. You can go home soon after the treatment. 

  • Take it easy for the rest of the day
  • The injection sites may be sore for a day or so
  • Use ice or heat
  • Ask about what medications are safe to use for pain relief
  • You will be able to return to work the day after treatment

Trigger Point Injections

Injecting a trigger point can help relax the affected muscle and relieve the pain.

To learn more about the benefits of trigger point injections, call Texas Interventional Pain Care today at 972-952-0290, or use our convenient Request an Appointment form.

The Right Treatment

Interventional pain specialist Arif B. Khan, MD, offers lasting solutions for several pain conditions. He has helped people of all ages in the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex area of TX. His treatment recommendations always start with conservative interventions such as activity modification, therapeutic exercise or physical therapy.

I'm very pleased with the Medtronic Neurostimulator I received on the advice of Dr Khan. - Bridget.E

Arif B. Khan, MD, is the medical director of Texas Interventional Pain Care, an interventional pain center specializing in the treatment of many painful conditions, and located at 2201 N. Central Express Way, Suite 171, Richardson, TX 75080; 4800 North Galloway Ave. Suite 300 Mesquite, Texas 75150. Phone: 972-952-0290 or fax 972-952-0293.