Trigger Point Injections
Treatments Related to Trigger Point Injections
There are other treatment options beyond trigger point injections for individuals with chronic pain or musculoskeletal disorders. Treatments that do not involve medications include, among others, acupuncture, osteopathic manual medicine techniques, massage, acupressure, the application of heat or ice, diathermy, electrical nerve stimulation and dry needling.
With another technique, the “Spray-and-Stretch” technique, the doctor passive stretches the target muscle while applying a topical spray (either ethyl chloride or dichlorodifluoromethane-trichloromonofluoromethane). The temporary drop in skin temperature is believed to produce an effect of temporary anesthesia that allows the muscle to passively stretched toward its normal length, thereby inactivating trigger points, relieving muscles spasms and reducing pain.