Abdominal Trigger Point Injections
What Are Abdominal Trigger Point Injections?
Abdominal trigger point injections are a targeted therapeutic procedure utilized to treat myofascial pain involving the abdominal muscles. These injections work by administering medication directly into the painful knots or ‘trigger points’ that can develop within muscles, causing discomfort and restriction in movement. This is NOT a treatment for pain in the abdominal cavity. This is for patients with superficial pain in the abdominal wall.
What Can Abdominal Trigger Point Injections Treat?
This specialized treatment is designed to alleviate various pain conditions, including:
Myofascial Pain Syndrome: Relieves muscle pain and spasms in the abdomen.
Chronic Abdominal Wall Pain: Effective in treating persistent pain in the abdominal wall.
How Are Abdominal Trigger Point Injections Administered?
The procedure is performed in the following way:
Preparation: The skin over the area will be cleansed and a local anesthetic may be applied.
Injection: A thin needle containing a combination of a local anesthetic and a corticosteroid will be precisely injected into the trigger points.
Follow-up Care: You may be monitored for a brief period post-injection and given care instructions for home.
The procedure is relatively quick, usually taking no more than 30 minutes.
What Are the Risks?
While abdominal trigger point injections are generally considered safe, some risks and side effects may include:
Pain or Bruising: At the injection site.
Infection: Rare but possible
Bleeding: Especially if you’re taking blood-thinning medication.
Allergic Reactions: To the medication used.
Are you tired of living with chronic abdominal pain? Abdominal trigger point injections might be the right solution for you. Schedule an Appointment with Dr. Edward Rubin, MD to learn more about Abdominal trigger point injections.