Trigger Point Injections After A Car Wreck in Georgia


June 04, 2018

The forces applied to the body in a car wreck are tremendous. Those forces stress the body to its limits, and the body responds in kind. Even if you are not severely injured in an auto wreck, the chances are high that you are sore from being tossed around the interior of your car. There is still a shock to the body even if you are wearing a seatbelt.  

A seatbelt has one function and that is to keep you from being thrown out of the vehicle. So, while the seatbelt pins your body to the seat, your head, neck, arms, and legs are free to flail about. When a person senses that a crash is imminent, they will tense their entire body in anticipation of the collision. The tension of the muscles coupled with the violent casting of the body causes muscular injuries. Muscular injuries can be slow to heal and might not respond to treatments like physical therapy and popular pain medications. If the standard treatment for your muscular injuries fails, then you might be a candidate for trigger point injections. 

What are trigger point injections?

Healthcare professionals recognize two methods of TPI administration. Both involve placing up to six small needles into the muscles which are the source of your pain. The first method is wet needling. The wet needling process involves targeting the specific location in the musclethat is in spasm with a local anesthetic like Novocain and a corticosteroid. The anesthetic provides immediate pain relief while the corticosteroid works quickly to reduce inflammation in the muscle. Inflammation is the cause of the pain and must be reduced, sothe patient can experience relief.

Dry needling is an alternative to wet needling. This procedure is analogous to acupuncture. With dry needling, the medical professional places smaller needles into the injured area to dispute the flow of pain coursing through the muscle. 

Trigger point injections are a method of treating pain that will not subside. Trigger point injections are not, however, the first line of defense for persistent pain. Doctors advise getting TPIs only after more conservative methods of pain management failed to provide relief such as physical therapy, NSAID-medications, and chiropractic care. 

The list of medical conditions for which TPIs may be usedhas expanded. Initially, physicians used TPIs to relieve the symptoms of fibromyalgia and Myofascial pain syndrome. Now, doctors will use this technique to ease the pain from muscle spasms and muscular injuries after a traumatic event like a car accident. Tension headaches may be treatedwith TPIs. Tension headaches may occur after an auto collision as a component of a whiplash injury. 

A patient can receive trigger point injections with corticosteroids every two weeks for about six weeks and then every two months thereafter. Dry needling can be administered several times per week depending on the needs of the patient. 

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Sources: https://www.epainassist.com/opioid-treatment/interventional-treatment/trigger-point-injection-tpi

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