Trigger Point Injections for the Treatment of Pain in the Rehabilitation Patient

  • Vishal KancherlaEmail author
  • Amir Ahmadian


Myofascial trigger point is defined as “a hyperirritable spot in skeletal muscle that is associated with a hypersensitive palpable nodule in a taut band. The spot is tender when pressed and can give rise to characteristic referred pain, motor dysfunction, and autonomic phenomena” (Simons et al., Williams and Wilkins, 1999). Dysfunction at the neuromuscular junction has been hypothesized to be the pathophysiologic cause of trigger points. The use of trigger point injections (TPI), which are relatively safe, has been shown to normalize muscle function and to decrease pain.


Myofascial trigger point Trigger point injection (TPI) Neuromuscular junction (NMJ) Manual manipulation 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Austin Diagnostic ClinicAustinUSA
  2. 2.Department of Pain Management and RehabilitationUT Southwestern Medical CenterTempleUSA

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