TRIGGER POINT INJECTIONS FOR NECK PAIN & HEADACHES
A trigger point in one or more muscles may be the cause of your chronic or acute headache pain. If you receive this diagnosis, rest assured that the headache specialists at the Nashville Neuroscience Group can help you. We offer trigger point injection for neck and headache pain as part of our comprehensive range of treatments. Trigger point therapy has been proven effective in reducing the frequency and severity of headaches.
The trigger point injection is safely given in a doctor’s office, does not require sedation and usually takes just a few minutes. After identifying the trigger point, your physician inserts a fine needle directly into that area through the muscle. The injection contains either a local anesthetic alone or a mixture of an anesthetic with a corticosteroid. The injection renders the trigger point inactive, alleviating pain and providing long-term relief. Several trigger points may be treated in a single visit.
The anesthetic blocks pain receptors within the nerves, reducing pain signals sent to the brain. The steroid, if used, acts to reduce the inflammation of tissue around the nerves, which helps to reduce pain as well. Even without a steroid, the needle provides benefits mechanically — it separates, lengthens and relaxes the muscle fiber to decrease pain; for this reason, this option is ideal for patients who are allergic to anesthetic medication.