What is Trigger Point Pain?
Here’s what it is in a nutshell. If you’re continuously holding your muscle in an awkward position for long periods of time, this may cause a trigger point to develop.
Other trigger point situations and causes may include:
- Poor posture
- Sitting a desk for long periods of time
- Emotional stress
- Sports injuries
What are Muscle Spasms?
If you have had a muscle spasm, you know it occurs abruptly, is painful and generally short-lived. Some muscle spasms can be extremely painful and may not resolve on their own. If you have recurring muscle spasms, medical care is necessary to locate the underlying causes and to find treatment.
What is a Trigger Point?
A trigger point is an area of muscle that forms knots when muscles don’t relax. We often find patients experience trigger points in the upper back and shoulder areas. Trigger points commonly recur with chronic pain syndromes such as back pain, headaches, myofascial pain, nerve pain, muscle pain and arthritis.
What is a Trigger Point Injection?
A trigger point injection is designed to relieve or reduce the back pain caused by trigger points. These small knots can form in muscles leading to muscle spasms or pain. Typically, a trigger point injection requires no sedation and is done right here in the office. Your physician will identify each trigger point by feeling the knots under your skin. Once they are identified, the trigger point(s) will be injected with a numbing medication and a small amount of steroid. Multiple injections can be performed at one time.
What to Expect After a Trigger Point Injection
Many patients will feel immediate pain relief right after a trigger point injection procedure. Immediate improved function is also common. Pain relief may last anywhere from a few weeks to several months. You may repeat a trigger point injection at 2-3 month intervals if needed for your pain.
Trigger point injections are one step in your road to recovery from pain. For more information about trigger point injections or to schedule yours, please contact IMS Pain Management today or call 623.512.4190.