Trigger points — or knots — are painful areas of muscle that stay tense. While anyone can get trigger points, trigger points are often associated with fibromyalgia, tension headaches, and myofascial pain syndrome. The knots can occur virtually anywhere you have muscle but are common to the arms, legs, lower back, and neck. Trigger points can also irritate nearby nerves, causing referred pain. That means you may feel the pain in an area of your body that is perfectly fine. The bottom line: Trigger points hurt and can adversely affect your daily life.
How To Alleviate Pain From Trigger Points
Trigger point injections may be an option to get rid of the pain from knots. During the procedure, a needle containing a local anesthetic, saline or other medication is injected into the trigger point, deeming it inactive. Pain relief is typically immediate with this procedure, and it can be long-lasting with the right course of treatment. Because of the simplicity of these injections, they are performed in a doctor’s office and only take a few minutes, meaning you will be on your feet and ready to go right away.
What If I’m Allergic To The Medication?
Another technique for trigger point injections is called “dry needling,” which means there is no medication within the needle that is injected. This technique still works to relieve the pain from trigger points, but patients who choose dry needling are more likely to complain of post-injection pain. In most cases, post-injection pain is treatable with over-the-counter medicine and goes away within a few days.
Seeking Out Treatment
If you suffer from trigger points and would like to find relief, call today and schedule an appointment to see one of our amazing healthcare professionals at Wellness Solutions.
Not sure if you are a good candidate for trigger point injections? You can take advantage of a free 20-minute phone consultation with a provider by calling (972) 362-4017.