Trigger Point Pain
The inside of your body is covered with soft tissue called fascia. This tissue covers every structure—organs, blood vessels, nerves and muscles. The fascia covering your muscles is called myofascial. The myofascial can become stressed from overuse or trauma and can tear and stick together. These adhesions are called “trigger points” and can prevent your muscles from working at their best. Trigger point pain also increases muscle stiffness and tenderness, and decreases range-of-motion.
Common Signs And Symptoms Of Trigger Points
Pain. Trigger points can cause deep, aching pain. The pain may only occur when the trigger point is pressed or during movement of the muscle. Pain may radiate away from the trigger point.
Decreased Range of Motion. A trigger point can shorten a muscle reducing the range of motion of a nearby joint.
Muscle Weakness. Trigger point pain may weaken the muscle.
Other Trigger Point Signs and Symptoms. Trigger point pain may cause you to feel dizzy or hear ringing in your ears. Your skin may tingle, be sensitive to the touch, or turn red. Trigger points may also cause your mouth to produce extra saliva and your eyes extra tears.
How Are Trigger Points Treated?
- Trigger point injections—a needle is put through the skin and into the trigger point containing saline, pain relievers or other medicine to gently stretch the muscle area
- Spray and stretch—a cooling substance sprayed onto your skin over the trigger point to help relax the muscle
- Massage—massage can help relax the muscles and reduce trigger point pain
- Electrical nerve stimulation—pads are placed on the trigger point and attached to a device that sends electrical signals to the body, helping to reduce pain.
- Physical therapy—a physical therapist may help you with special exercises to gently stretch your muscles and relieve pain. Poor posture could be a cause of your trigger points. A physical therapist can help you learn how to practice proper posture.
- Medicines—pain medication such as ibuprofen may help to relax your muscles
If you are experiencing trigger point pain, consult an experienced pain physician at IMS Pain Management by scheduling an appointment today.