This procedure is billable to insurance, typically $50 to $135 depending on the number of muscles treated + office visit. (Louisville and Denver)
In the opinion of Dr. Lyndsay Naylor, trigger point injections are one of the most underused forms of traditional medicine for musculoskeletal complaints. Trigger point injections are of the few therapies that are consistently billable to insurance, involve a quick in office procedure and have the potential to have immediate results. They are relatively inexpensive compared to other more invasive injections and address the surrounding muscles (frequently over looked by many surgical oriented physicians) of joints.
The goal of trigger point injections is to break the cycle of tension and pain signals being sent to the brain. The muscles surrounding a joint are attempting to keep the joint “safe” after a minor injury or perceived injury of the body. The injection of procaine into the tight muscle forces the muscle to relax. The muscle continues to function, but the medication blocks the signals sent to the brain indicating a problem. This results in a temporary relief of tension which further allows for blood to finally flow through a previously tense area.
It’s difficult to accurately predict how effective trigger point injections will be: some patients who look like great candidates get no benefit at all; sometimes what seems like a ‘Hail Mary’ turns out to be a cure. In general, most patients see an immediate shift in the pain pattern and then use the duration of relief to decide if repeat injections will be beneficial.