Trigger Point Injections (TPI)
Conditions that may be suitable to treat with TPI:
- Spinal pain
- Piriformis syndrome
- Tennis elbow
- Golfers elbow
- Subacromial impingement (bursitis/tendonitis)
- Trochanteric bursitis
TPI involves the injection of short or long-acting local anaesthetic agents to release chronically tight muscles. It is used in cases of muscular tightness where conservative treatments (such as massage, stretching and heat) have failed or do not provide sufficient long-term benefit.
TPI involves injecting small amounts of local anaesthetic into the muscle ‘knots’ using a fine needle. Following a session of TPI, it is important that the injected muscle(s) are stretched properly to ensure a long lasting result.
TPI works by ‘hydrating’ tight or fibrotic muscle tissue and by inhibiting the neural impulses that are causing muscle spasm. When used in conjuction with stretching and massage techniques, TPI can be very effective in providing sustained relief from muscle tightness.