Trigger Point Injections Specialist

Move Well MD -  - Integrative Medical Center

Move Well MD

Integrative Medical Center located in Financial District, New York, NY

The trigger point injection is an innovative pain management tool able to relax muscles that knot up and irritate nerves. The medical professionals at Move Well MD in lower Manhattan, New York and New York's financial district offer this option to patients needlessly suffering from referred pain or a form of myofascial pain. Just one knot is enough to cause chronic local or referred pain. Trigger point injection may be all it takes to relieve it.

Trigger Point Injections Q & A

What is referred pain?

Referred pain means pain that you feel in one part of your body, but the source of it is coming from somewhere else. A good example of this in action is arm pain that sometimes occurs when a person is having a heart attack. The problem is with the heart but the arm pain, although seemly unrelated, is a symptom.

What is myofascial pain?

Often referred pain is the result of pressure on sensitive points triggered by muscle knots. This is a chronic pain disorder that occurs when the muscle contracts repeatedly and then fails to relax. The knot in the tissue puts pressure on a nerve causing pain there or that radiates to another location on the body.

Symptoms of myofascial pain include:

  • Deep aching pain in the muscle
  • Persistent pain that may get worse over time
  • A knot or tender area in the muscle
  • Pain that radiates to another part of the body

The sensitive area in the muscle that causes this pain is called a trigger point. Injections into that site, trigger point injections, can relieve the tension and ease the pain.

Are there risk factors for this kind of chronic pain?

Trigger point pain requires a stimulus of some kind. For many people, stress and anxiety are enough to trigger an episode in the neck or shoulders. Repetitive use is another potential culprit. Continual stress on a muscle group, the lower back for instance, can trigger spasms that lead to chronic pain. Other risk factors include:

  • Poor posture
  • Muscle injury
  • Poor technique
  • Poor overall fitness

Triggers are distinct, so what causes pain in one patient may not bother another. During the evaluation, Dr. Gruen talks with each patient to get a sense of what might be causing the knots. Along with trigger point injections, the care plan may include lifestyle changes and physical therapy.

How do trigger point injections work?

Dr. Gruen or another medical professional at Move Well MD inserts a small needle into the trigger point containing an anesthetic, saline or possibly a corticosteroid. The goal is to make that trigger point inactive, reducing both the direct and referred pain. A number of injections to that same spot will usually provide pain relief that lasts.



At Move Well MD in Manhattan located in the downtown financial district of lower Manhattan, NY, NY 10038, we use an integrated system of care to relieve pain, improve range of motion and help you to move well again! We are just a few short path train stops away from Hoboken, NJ and Jersey City, NJ.

Major Insurance Providers Accepted

Here is a list of just some of the plans we accept. Please contact our office if you do not see your insurance provider listed.

  Regence Blue Cross Blue Shield
Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield
Anthem Blue Cross PPO
Arkansas Blue Cross Blue Shield
Beech Street
Blue Cross Blue Shield – HMO Blue Texas & – Blue Essentials Access (HMO*)
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Alabama
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Florida (Florida Blue)
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Illinois
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Kansas
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Rhode Island
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Tennessee
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Texas