What is Trigger Point Injections?

Category: Procedures

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A trigger point is an irritable, painful muscle band or palpable knot that causes localized or referred pain. Trigger point injections are intended to relax the area of pain and spasm allowing improved blood flow to the irritated trigger point.

Reported purpose & perceived effectiveness
Purpose Patients Evaluations Perceived Effectiveness
Pain 69 27
Neck pain 57 25
Fibromyalgia 54 27
Pain in shoulder(s) 13 13
Pain in hips 10 3
Pain in lower back 8 1

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  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell

Side effects

Side effects as an overall problem

Side effects as an overall problem
Severity Evaluations
Severe 7
Moderate 12
Mild 22
None 34

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Trigger Point Injections

Side effect Patients
Injection site pain 14
Pain 8
Pain worsened 4
Muscle soreness 2
Muscle spasms in neck and shoulders 2
Needle anxiety 2

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Dosages

Based on patients currently having Trigger Point Injections

Dosage Patients
monthly 7
as needed 6
every 3 months 6
every 8 weeks 2
every 12 weeks 1
every 3 weeks 1
every 6 months 1
every other week 1
m,w,f 1
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 54
Usually 10
Sometimes 5
Never taken as prescribed 6
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 12
Somewhat hard to take 18
A little hard to take 23
Not at all hard to take 22
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 1
$100-199 4
$50-99 11
$25-49 2
< $25 22
Not specified 35
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4 patient evaluations for Trigger Point Injections

Jun 15, 2010 (Started Jun 15, 2010)

  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for coccydynia (pain in tailbone))
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Never taken as prescribed
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: One time
Advice & Tips: Made coccydynia a little worse for about 3 days, and then a little better after that... although I can't tell if it only seemed better in comparison to how it felt immediately after the injection! Either way, the effects didn't last. I feel no change in pain one month later.

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Jan 28, 2010 (Started Jan 28, 2010)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for pain)
  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for pain in hips)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: One time

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Jul 9, 2009 (Started Jan 18, 2009)

  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for pain)
  • Side effects
    Mild (injection site pain, pain)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Very hard to take
Dosage: 50 mg Yearly
Side effects: injection site pain, pain

Jan 18, 2009 (Started Jan 18, 2009)

  • Effectiveness
    Can't tell (for pain)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Very hard to take
Dosage: 50 mg Yearly
Side effects: injection site pain, pain

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