Trigger point injections are used to treat extremely painful areas of muscle. A trigger point is a knot or tight band of muscle that forms when muscles fail to contract and relax normally. The trigger point can trap or irritate surrounding nerves and cause referred pain – pain that is felt in another part of the body.
Scar tissue, loss of range of motion and weakness may develop over time. Trigger point injections are used to help alleviate chronic pain involving tissue that surrounds muscle. They may also be used to treat tension headaches.
Any medical specialist such as an orthopedist, psychiatrist, pain specialist or neurologist can administer these trigger point injections. They are administered at the doctor’s office and the process takes about half an hour. Before administering the trigger point injection, the doctor may give the patient nerve block to prevent pain from the needle penetration. A small needle is inserted into the trigger point and a local anesthetic is injected. This helps inactivate the trigger point and alleviate the pain. When this treatment is repeated, sustained relief is achieved.
However, sometimes these injections are not administered properly and can result in serious complications or problems such as nerve damage especially when an inexperienced or negligent doctor administers it. The most common symptoms of sensory nerve damage include:
Tingling or prickling
Problems with positional awareness
If you or someone you love has suffered these complications as a result of improper administration of these trigger point injections, please contact an experienced Pennsylvania medical malpractice attorney at Anapol Schwartz. Please remember that you have rights as a patient. You have a right to choose what type of treatment you are comfortable with.
You have a right to manage your pain in a way that is comfortable for you. Your doctor has no right to force you to opt for trigger point injections when you don’t want them or pressurize you into agreeing to take them by saying that “it’s the only way out.”
Nerve damage as a result of these trigger point injections could increase your pain, suffering, medical bills and cost of medication. If you have suffered nerve damage as a result of these trigger point injections, you have a right to compensation.