Trigger Point Injections Specialist Q&A
If your muscle pain has not improved with other treatments, trigger point injections may be right for you. At Living Well Healthcare, we provide trigger point injections that could help you feel better in Elkton, MD! We are conveniently located at 270 West Main Street, Elkton MD 21921. For more information, please call us or book an appointment online.
Table of Contents:
What is a trigger point?
What is a trigger point injection?
How long do trigger point injections last?
What are the side effects of trigger point injections?
What are the benefits of trigger point injections?
Many people experience tight muscle knots known as trigger points. These tough bands of fibrous tissue are known to cause soreness when touched and can cause pain when stretched or contracted. Massage and other forms of manual therapy are well-known treatments for trigger points, although treatments such as trigger point injections are specifically designed to alleviate pain and tension in these problem areas.
Trigger points are highly sensitive areas of taut bands of muscle that are painful upon stretching, contraction, or compression of the muscle. Trigger points often cause pain in more distant locations of the body (known as referred pain). The surrounding fibers are overstretched when there are numerous bands of thickened contracted areas. Because many fibers are already locked in the contracted phase while the other fibers are strained and weak, when the areas affected by trigger points are used for an activity, they do not perform properly. Trigger points can either be latent or active. Latent trigger points often go unnoticed unless pressed upon directly, and can persist for years. Active trigger points cause pain and tension even when there is no contact, pressure or current muscle use.
A trigger point injection is a simple, outpatient procedure that aims to reduce or relieve pain
caused by trigger points. Trigger point injections can effectively alleviate pain associated with the small knots that form in muscles or in the fascia tissue of muscles. As these trigger points can cause pain, discomfort and weakness, trigger point injections are often recommended as the prescribed treatment.
Depending on patient condition and medication injected, the beneficial effects of trigger point injections last between a few days to several months. Many patients receive a specified number of injections within a period of one or two weeks, which gradually decreases in frequency over time. Individual metabolism also plays a role in how long trigger point injections will last, so please discuss with your administering physician for an accurate estimate on how long your injections will last.
While the risk of complications with trigger point injections is low, minor side effects may occur. These include:
– Discomfort at the area of injection
– Slight bleeding at the site of injection
– Skin irritation/allergy to anesthetic
There are many benefits of trigger point injections. They are primarily used to help soothe muscle pain, especially in the back, legs, arms and neck. Trigger point injections may be used as a treatment for a wide number of medical conditions, including:
– Myofascial pain syndrome
– Low back pain
– Temporomandibular joint pain
– Carpal tunnel syndrome
– Injuries, including sports injuries
If you or someone you love is experiencing pain caused by trigger points, come to Living Well Healthcare for a trigger point injection today! Our kind and compassionate professionals have a wealth of experience in treating trigger points and can provide relief when other therapies have fallen short. Call us today to book an appointment. We look forward to serving you!
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