Trigger point injections are a form of treatment for pain, they are used to treat painful muscle areas that have trigger points. Trigger points are knots of muscle that refuse to relax, and they cause pain by irritating the nerves around them. The knots causing the pain can be felt under the skin and the pain can be at that point or can be felt on a different part of the body.
There are several causes of getting trigger points. One can get it through direct trauma to the muscle or when they overload the muscle, causing chronic muscle strain. They also occur with tension headaches and repetitive minor injuries. Other than pain, the patient may experience weakness in the affected muscles. The treatment method is used to treat muscle that does not respond to other forms of treatment.
Trigger point injections are used to treat different types of pain including:
The pain patterns must follow a certain nerve path and get accurately mapped so the trigger point can be identified. A needle is inserted 1 or 2cm from the trigger point of the patient advancing to the trigger point at a given angle.The injections can be done in a seated or lying down position, and they do not take a lot of time. The needle can contain saline or a local anesthetic that alleviates the pain by shutting down the trigger point. The patients experience pain relief after a few minutes. If a patient reacts to the drugs, a dry needle can be used. Several knots can be injected during one doctor's visit.
Those who are getting the treatment are advised to have physical therapy before and after the session. The reason is that stretching the muscles will enhance the effects of getting trigger point injections. Contact Synergy Medical Centers today to make an appointment today and find out if trigger point injections are a viable solution for your pain.