Trigger point injections are used to treat pain in areas of the muscle called trigger points, which are knots of muscle that forms when muscle fails to relax. They are often the cause for neck and back pain. There are a number of causes of trigger points such as repetitive overuse of the muscle, heavy lifting, poor posture, muscle tension from emotional stress, injuries and inactivity. Consistent and repetitive muscle overload can make anyone more vulnerable to developing a painful trigger point. KureSmart Pain Management offers treatment for people suffering from this painful condition.
Types of Trigger Points
There are two types of trigger points: active and latent. An active trigger point causes pain even when the muscle is at rest. It is tender to the touch and creates a spreading or radiating pain pattern. A latent trigger point does not cause pain when muscle is at rest but will hurt if pressed on. It can, however, turn into an active trigger point if the muscle is continually aggravated. A latent trigger point can result in muscle weakness and restricted movement.
Diagnosing A Trigger Point
In some cases, a trigger point can be felt under the skin. In addition, they cause irritation to the surrounding nerves and cause referred pain, or pain that is felt in another part of the body. To diagnose a trigger point, your pain management doctor KureSmart Pain Management will gently press on the painful area with a finger and try to elicit a specific response, such as a muscle twitch. They may also run tests to eliminate other causes of the pain.
Trigger Point Injections
Injecting a medication into the specific area may help diminish the muscle pain. A trigger point injection is a mixture of anesthetic and steroid that is injected directly into the affected muscles. They are very successful at alleviating the muscle pain created by trigger points. Trigger point injections can also be used to treat fibromyalgia and tension headaches. Fibromyalgia is causes persistent muscle pain all over the body. This treatment can target many types of muscle groups including those in the arms, legs, lower back and neck.
About the Procedure
We often perform this simple, minimally invasive procedure to help our patients suffering from muscle pain associated with trigger points. It is a fairly short procedure that should only take a few minutes, depending on how many locations on the body we are treating. Your doctor will gently press on the area where the pain is radiating. Once the trigger point is located, they will insert a small needle in the muscle and inject a combination of anesthetic and steroids. In just one short visit, you can have all your trigger points treated. There are very little risks associated with a trigger point injection treatment.
Trigger points can cause a lot of pain and a significantly lower quality of life. If you are living with this type of pain, schedule an appointment with a pain management doctor at KureSmart Pain Management. We can help you find relief from your aggravating pain with trigger point injections.