What is a trigger point?

Trigger points, also known as myofascial trigger points (MTrPs), are tiny knots that can form in the muscles and fascia of the body. They are usually tender to the touch and can cause pain when pressed. Trigger points can be found in many body areas, including the pelvic area, leading to chronic pelvic pain.

How do trigger points cause pelvic pain?

Trigger points cause pain because they compress or irritate nearby nerves, leading to radiating sensations such as dull aches or burning sensations. In addition, they can reduce blood flow to the muscles surrounding them, causing further tissue damage, which leads to even more pain and discomfort. Some trigger points may also cause spasms which further contribute to pelvic pain.


What are some of the symptoms of pelvic pain from trigger points?

Some people may experience localized abdominal pain, while others might feel the effects radiating down their inner thighs or up toward their lower back. Additionally, some people may find it challenging to sit for long periods due to the aggravation of these trigger points in their pelvic muscles.

What are trigger point injections?

Trigger Point Injections (TPIs) reduce pain caused by myofascial trigger points in various body areas, including pelvic muscles. The injection consists of a local anesthetic injected into the specific area of muscle or tissue where the trigger point is located. This injection is intended to:

  • Relax the muscle
  • Reduce inflammation
  • Reduce pain associated with the trigger point
  • Restore standard movement patterns in the affected area.

What are some of the benefits of trigger point injections?

Trigger point injections effectively treat musculoskeletal conditions such as myofascial pain syndrome and fibromyalgia. For people suffering from pelvic pain, the benefits of trigger point injections include the following:

  • Relief from chronic pelvic pain
  • Improved mobility, and range of motion in the affected area
  • Reducing inflammation and swelling
  • Improved overall quality of life
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How many trigger point injections will I need?

Trigger point injections inject medication directly into the pelvic floor muscles, usually through the vagina.

The number of injections needed will vary depending on the following:

  • The severity of the pain
  • Age
  • Medical history
  • Lifestyle
  • Generally, one injection every eight weeks is recommended to achieve the optimal level of relief.
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Why choose Pelvic Pain Doc for trigger point injections?

Patients choose Pelvic Pain Doc for trigger point injections because of our holistic approach, exceptional training in pelvic pain, and our warm, relatable doctor. The practice is led by a fellowship-trained physician who is board eligible in urology and gynecology and specializes in sexual and pelvic health.
The mission of Pelvic Pain Doc is to empower patients with the tools to control their pain instead of having the pain control them. Patients can expect 5-star care from a thought leader in resolving pelvic pain. In addition, Dr. Bahlani, the "Pelvic Pain Doc," educates patients through informational podcasts and media appearances on pelvic pain topics. Contact us today to learn more about trigger point injections.

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