What are Trigger Point Injections (TPI)?

TPI can improve pain and function by making changes in soft tissues like muscle and fascia. Commonly, pain arises from multiple trigger points in our soft tissues which can be anywhere on the body.   

TPI involves a needle inserted through the skin into the soft tissues that are contracted or dense. The needle stimulates the soft tissues, which can restore its function to reduce pain and improve mobility. At CHANGEpain, we use a tiny amount of 0.9% saline solution (salt water) in our trigger point injections. Generally, it is the accuracy of the injection location that makes the treatment effective and not the medication used.

How does it work?

What does treatment involve?

Each treatment involves multiple needle insertions. Typically, areas which are contributing to your pain will be more painful to treat than areas that are not. Interestingly, where we treat is often not where you feel the pain. It is all connected! A trial series of treatment is typically 5 sessions booked roughly 2 weeks apart.

How much does it cost?

Trigger Point Injections are covered by MSP. 

Risks mainly depend on the injected areas. Your doctor will discuss these risks with you. Side effects may include:

  • small amount of bleeding at the site of needle insertion

  • bruising that can be visible for several days

  • temporary flare up of pain or general soreness

  • fatigue

  • nausea

  • lightheadedness

  • infection

Possible side effects?

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