Your browser is not supported. Please upgrade to a modern browser in order to use all the features of the UKHC web application: Firefox | Chrome | Microsoft Edge
Skip to main content
close menu
close menu

Search UK HealthCare

Trigger point injections

Trigger point injections are injections into the affected muscle area with local anesthetic with or without corticosteroid or Botox. Steroids help decrease inflammation, and Botox can help relax the muscle.

Dry needling (needle insertion without injecting medication) can also be performed to help break up the trigger points. Prior to injection, the trigger points are located by palpation (pressing of finger into musculature) and sterilely cleaned and covered appropriately. Ultrasound imaging, which uses sound waves to produce pictures of inside of the body, or fluoroscopy, which uses X-ray beams to produce picture of inside of the body, are used along with palpation to help with appropriate needle placement.

The overall goal is to provide lasting pain relief and diminish swelling. Patients who have localized muscle pain can achieve significant relief for days to months. Overall success regarding pain relief is dependent on patients stretching and strengthening the muscle region after receiving the injection.

For a brief educational video, click the link below:

https://www.spine-health.com/video/trigger-point-injections-video

The link to this video is for educational purposes only. See disclaimer.

  • Video disclaimer

    The links to the videos on this page are for informational purposes only. The video content is not intended to be professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment or as a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. The links will take you to Veritas Health content. Veritas Health publishes educational health information to help patients better understand symptoms, conditions, and a variety of treatment options. Their content is authored by expert health professionals but does not reflect the opinions of UK HealthCare or our providers. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health professional with any questions you may have regarding your health. Reliance on the content is solely at your own risk.