Trigger Point Injections
- Describing the benefits that trigger point injections had on her, one individual said that she went from being able to barely walk, being hospitalized, and having a low quality of life to now being able to live her life in a more or less normal way. She admits that she still suffers from myofascial pain, but the pain is manageable.
Trigger point injections can help an individual who is dealing with chronic muscle related pain get the relief they need. When the muscle cramping and pain subsides, they can begin physical therapy and take other steps to attain long-term pain relief.
If you are dealing with chronic muscle pain or myofascial syndrome pain, please be assured that we empathize with what you are dealing with. We understand how this pain affects every aspect of your life, and we are looking forward to helping you learn how to manage your pain and get back to living your life in an active and happy way.
What Are Trigger Point Injections?
Trigger point injections are a great option for treating pain in patients whose pain is the result of trigger points in their muscles. Trigger points are knots in your muscles that develop when your muscles are contracted for an extended period of time.
Trigger points can irritate nerves around them, and they can cause referred pain. Referred pain is pain that is experienced in a location different from the source of the injury. So if you have a trigger point in your neck, it can cause you to feel a tingling, numbness, or painful sensation in your arm or hand.
How Are Trigger Point Injections Carried out?
Trigger point injections begin when a doctor or another healthcare professional inserts a small needle into the trigger point that is being treated. The injection will have an anesthetic or saline. Depending on the location of the trigger point, the injection may also include corticosteroid.
The injection renders the trigger point inactive, leading to pain relief. For most individuals, a brief series of treatments leads to long-term relief. The injections are given at a doctor’s office or clinic and just take a few minutes to administer. If you have multiple trigger points, they can all be treated during one visit.
Trigger point injections are used to treat various health issues, including pain in your legs, arm, lower back, and neck. Individual suffering from fibromyalgia or tension headaches may also benefit from these injections.
Trigger point injections can be used on any chronic pain in the tissues that surround muscles. It is especially beneficial for pain that does not respond to other treatments. Myofascial pain can be effectively treated using this technique.
What to Expect after the Injections
After the injection, you should rest the affected area for up to two days. It is good to avoid strenuous activity as long as your muscles are still sore. However, it is better for you to use your muscles with a full range of motion instead of holding the muscle fixed in a contracted or shortened position.
Through physical therapy, you will learn to recognize activities that provoke your pain and that can overstress your muscles. These activities should be avoided at all costs as these will cause trigger points to form again.
A proper exercise routine is a crucial part of trigger point injection treatments. Exercise will help you to determine if the trigger point is still active. Exercise following trigger point injections should include stretching, strength training, and muscle conditioning.
Is the Procedure Safe?
Like all medical procedures, there is a risk of complications with trigger point injections. Most common side effects are swelling, bruising, bleeding, and mild discomfort. Less common risks include needle breakage and skin infection.
How We Can Help
Muscle pain and disorders like myofascial syndrome can drastically limit your quality of life. Our goal is to get you living a pain-free life or a life where your pain is managed. We accomplish this by setting out clear, transparent long-term and short-term goals. In the short-term, we just want to get you moving again without experiencing pain. Our long-term goal is to help you recover to the point where chronic pain becomes a thing of the past.
To accomplish this goal, we need to talk to you. We need to hear about your pain, the conditions that trigger pain, and the steps you’ve taken to treat your pain. We need to know what your pain management goals are. Once we have this information, we will be able to craft a pain management program that meets your individual needs.
We understand that the pain each one of our clients faces is unique to them. For this reason, we will not present you with a one-size-fits-all, cookie-cutter style treatment. Instead, we will create a treatment program that is uniquely designed for your personal needs.
Some people shy away from talking about their chronic pain because of bad experiences that had in the past with some medical professionals. Please be assured that with us, you will never have to worry whether or not we believe you when you tell us about your pain. We understand that the pain you are experiencing is real. It is not something that you’re making up, and it is not something in your head.
Our goal is to help you get as close to being 100 percent as possible. We will not give up on you until your pain management goals have been realized. Contact us today, and let us show you firsthand why so many people trust us with their pain management therapies.