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Trigger Point Injections

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Trigger Point Injections
Trigger point injections, therapeutic injections or anesthetic blocks can be very beneficial for those who suffer from chronic pain, especially women who suffer from complex and advanced gynecologic disorders.

Sometimes chronic pelvic pain occurs because the pelvic and abdominal muscles and nerves begin malfunctioning.  When this is the case, your provider may offer you trigger point injections, anesthetic blocks or BOTOX® injections. Trigger point injections are used to stop or dull pain in painful areas.  To do this, your provider will inject small amounts of anesthetic (sometimes a steroid is used too) into these painful areas.  Sometimes, the anesthetic injections are placed around nerve endings or large nerves such as the pudendal nerve which innervates a large area of the lower pelvis or the sacral nerves which innervate many pelvic organs.  These pelvic blocks can provide temporary relief of pain so they are usually used in conjunction with other therapies such as medications and pelvic physical therapy.  If the pain originates from specific muscle groups, these muscles can be injected with BOTOX and this too can help with pain.  Botox is a drug that causes temporary paralysis of those muscles, allowing them to relax and thus leading to pain relief.

Trigger Point Injections

If the pain is in a specific place, your doctor may be able to give you an injection that numbs the area. A long-lasting local anesthetic can block pain and discomfort for some period of time.

To learn more about the different types of therapeutic injections, including trigger point injections, anesthetic blocks and BOTOX®, available at Advanced & Minimally Invasive Gynecology, contact us.