Trigger Point Injections
Are you suffering from pain radiating throughout your body? Our board-certified orthopedic doctor is an expert in using trigger point injections as a safe and effective treatment for acute and chronic pain. If you have a sports injury, car accident injury, back pain, neck pain, shoulder pain, or fibromyalgia, our family-run medical clinic can help you get fast pain relief.
What is a Trigger Point?
A tender spot within your muscle that radiates pain when pressed or moved is a trigger point. For example, a trigger point might be in your shoulder, but it shoots pain to your neck when aggravated. Because trigger points cause your muscles to contract and become stressed, you may experience muscle weakness, numbness, and limited muscle movement.
Trigger Point Injection Therapy
Trigger point injection therapy helps to soothe inflammation in your body. The injection is created from sarapin, which is an extract of the pitcher plant. Injecting the solution directly into your trigger points reduces or eliminates muscle tension and pain and restores motion. This therapy may be used to relieve recent pain or those lingering conditions that have been bothering you for years. Trigger point injections can relieve muscle tension around the spine and help control nerve tingling or numbness symptoms caused by a spinal disc problem.
Trigger point injection therapy can also help decrease arthritic pain in your knees, hands, shoulders, hips, and spine. Trigger point injection therapy works incredibly well to speed up recovery in other musculoskeletal conditions such as:
- Bulging discs
- Carpal tunnel syndrome
Risk of complications from a trigger point injection is low; however, you may have temporary soreness or numbness at the injection site. After a trigger point injection, you can actively use your muscle, but you should avoid strenuous activity for the first few days.
Trigger Points in Back and Neck
Myofascial pain syndrome is a medical condition described as a series of trigger points, painful knots or tightness in your neck or back. These trigger points are typically caused by conditions that put strain or stress on your muscles. A sports-related injury or spinal trauma, such as whiplash from a car accident, can cause trigger points to develop.
Sometimes, you unintentionally develop myofascial trigger points just by repeating routine activities that hurt your spine health over time. Poor posture, sleeping on an unsupportive pillow, and regularly lifting heavy items burdens your neck, shoulder, and back muscles, encouraging trigger points to form.
If you have myofascial pain syndrome, you’re most likely struggling with acute and chronic pain from your trigger points in the neck and back. You may not get relief from traditional treatments like chiropractic care or massage therapy, so it’s essential to choose a doctor with experience and expertise in treating trigger points.
You may be a good candidate for trigger point injections if your muscle pain has not improved with other treatment, such as pain medication and physical therapy. After a careful examination and assessment, our doctor will tell you if trigger point injections can soothe your myofascial pain syndrome.
To learn more about how we can relieve your pain with trigger point injections in Tampa, The Villages or any nearby city in the Tampa Bay area, call us today at (727) 310-5772.