Trigger points are tight, painful muscle knots that not only cause localized pain, but can also pull on your muscles or compress nerves to cause referred pain elsewhere in your body. The expert team of providers at Solutions Integrated Medicine in Elizabethton, Tennessee, offers trigger point injections to release your muscle knots and relieve pain. You don’t have to put up with pain. Call Solutions Integrated Medicine or schedule an appointment online today.
Trigger point injections are shots of a local anesthetic and a steroid that the providers at Solutions Integrated Medicine deliver directly into a muscle knot or spasm. The anesthetic immediately numbs your tissue while the anti-inflammatory effects of the steroid take effect. The end result is a release of the trigger point and pain relief.
Muscular pain is the primary sign of a trigger point. Your pain may be centered around the trigger point. You may have referred pain if your trigger point irritates a nerve or pulls your muscle or connective tissue out of its normal position.
Trigger points can also cause stiffness, reduce your range of motion, and even cause headaches and temporomandibular joint (TMJ) problems.
Trigger points can develop in any of your muscles or the fascia that surrounds them. They form following trauma or microtrauma that stresses your muscles, leading to excessive tension or even spasm. Trigger points are often found in your back, legs, and neck. You can often feel them through your skin.
The team of experts at Solutions Integrated Medicine recommend trigger point injections to relieve musculoskeletal pain due to muscle spasm. They may also include trigger point injections in treatment plans for tension headaches and chronic pain conditions such as fibromyalgia.
Medical researchers are still studying the effects and benefits of trigger point injections and new uses, such as myofascial pain syndrome are still under study.
You don’t need to do anything special to prepare for your trigger point injections. You may want to wear comfortable clothing and be prepared to remove your clothing so your provider can access your trigger points.
When you have your injections, you lie down on a comfortable treatment bed in one of the treatment rooms at Solutions Integrated Medicine. Your provider applies a local anesthetic to your skin to ensure your comfort during the procedure. Then, they inject the mix of local anesthetic and steroid into your trigger points. The injections only take a few minutes and provide rapid relief.
If you’re troubled by stubborn pain in your muscles or soft, connective tissue, call Solutions Integrated Medicine or make an appointment online today to find out if trigger point injections are right for you.