A trigger point is a tiny tightening knot that feels sensitive and tender when it’s touched. Although trigger points can occur in virtually any area of the body, most trigger points are found on the neck, back, and shoulders.
Unfortunately, once a trigger point makes its debut, it will remain unless a proper treatment is performed. Let’s dive deeper into what trigger points are and how trigger point injections may treat them.
Overused or injured muscles are the most common causes of trigger points. However, trigger points can also be the result of poor posture, repetitive movements that place stress on the muscles, stress and anxiety, and prolonged periods of standing, sitting, and driving.
If you are living with a trigger point, a doctor may initially recommend a treatment like massage therapy and myofascial release. In the event these treatments prove to be ineffective, they may suggest trigger point injections.
Trigger point injections work by massaging tight muscles and forcing them to relax. While they work similarly to massage therapy, they have the ability to penetrate deeper into the area of concern.
During a trigger point injection, you’ll be asked to sit or lie on an exam table so that a doctor can use an ultrasound or another strategy to find your trigger point. Once they find it, they’ll clearly mark it and clean your skin with an antiseptic to reduce the risk of infection. You may also be given a local anesthetic to numb the injection site and help you stay comfortable during the treatment.
As soon as you’re all set for the injection, the doctor will insert the needle into your trigger point and inject the proper medication. The treatment will end when a bandage is applied to the injection site.
Many patients can benefit from trigger point injections. If you have fibromyalgia, tension headaches, poor posture, chronic tension, or traumatic headaches, you may be a good candidate for these treatments. To reap optimal benefits, you’ll likely need to pair trigger point injections with other treatments such as medications, exercise, sleep aids, and/or muscle relaxers.
If you are wondering whether or not you are a good candidate for this procedure, contact us today. We look forward to hearing from you!