Trigger Point Injections in Fountain Valley
Access Life-changing Relief from Body Pain
If your muscle becomes stiff, torn, or bruised, the point of origin for the injury is called the “trigger point.” Trigger points are discrete, focal, hyperirritable spots located in a taut band of skeletal muscle. They produce pain locally and in a referred pattern. Oftentimes, trigger points accompany chronic musculoskeletal disorders. These disorders are injuries or disorders of the muscles, nerves, tendons, joints, cartilage, and spinal discs. They tend to develop when a patient is exposed to risk factors for musculoskeletal disorders, which includes the following factors:
- Work postures and movements
- Repetitiveness and pace of work
- Force of movements
- Lack of influence or control over one’s job
- Poor communication
- Feelings of low support in life
It is common for certain workplace conditions and general life stressors to bring on these conditions or make them worse. If you have been struggling with stiff, painful muscles, trigger point injections contain a mixture of medications that help the muscles relax and reduce inflammation. When trigger point injections do their job, blood flow will improve as the body starts to heal itself. In terms of muscular pain, it helps to treat the problem right at the source, which is exactly what trigger point injections do.
What to Expect From Trigger Point Injection Therapy
Before we begin trigger point injection therapy, we will need to locate the existing trigger points. In order to do this, our team will conduct a physical exam in which the doctor will examine the muscles for knotted areas. We do not typically require imaging to diagnose a trigger point because they will not show up on X-rays or MRIs. If an underlying condition is the cause of the trigger point, these tests can be helpful.
During trigger point injection therapy, we will insert a small needle into the patient’s trigger point. The injection contains a local anesthetic or saline and might include a corticosteroid. With this injection, the trigger point is inactivated and pain is alleviated. Even a short treatment plan often brings sustained relief to the patient. We might inject several sites in a single visit until the desired effect is achieved. Some of the benefits that patients can experience from trigger point injections include:
- Pain relief
This is typically the motivator behind seeking out trigger point injection therapy in the first place. Trigger point injection therapy delivers pain relief that can be felt throughout the body, which brings the body relief from discomfort in many areas. Once the patient has achieved pain relief, they will be able to move the area effortlessly and pain-free.
- Minimal side effects
Every treatment comes with side effects, but trigger point injection therapy has very minimal risk. Some of the reported side effects include soreness or numbness, but this tends to fade away quickly after treatment. Plus, the injections are nonsurgical and minimally invasive. Because they are simply a shot, they do not require incisions or any complicated procedures.
- No downtime or recovery period
Because trigger point injection therapy is nonsurgical, they do not involve downtime or recovery. After your session, you should be able to go about your day as you normally would, and you will be able to feel the benefits of the treatment immediately. This can be amazing for patients who have been struggling with muscle pain or headaches that are caused by radiating pain. Trigger point injections allow patients to continue living their life pain-free and going about their daily activities without interruptions.
- Useful for a variety of conditions
Trigger point injections can help treat different conditions in addition to pain. These injections can also be used to help with neck and back pain, including carpal tunnel syndrome, TMJ, fibromyalgia, osteoarthritis, sciatica, and even sports injuries.
Who Needs Trigger Point Injections?
The majority of patients who come in for trigger point injections are suffering from back, neck, arm, and leg pain. If you suffer from pain and discomfort that makes navigating daily life difficult, you might benefit from trigger point injections. The most evident symptom of a trigger point is a pain in or near the knotted muscle group. You might also notice a bump in the painful region. Other common symptoms of trigger points include hip, back, and neck pain. If you suffer from tension headaches or migraines, or any kind of body pain, you might benefit from trigger point injections. Trigger point injections can be used as a treatment for the following conditions:
Those who suffer from fibromyalgia tend to have more trigger points than the average person. Trigger point therapy aims to deactivate those trigger points by applying pressure and kneading the muscle.
- Myofascial pain syndrome
The treatment works by stimulating the body to reverse the tissue gradually to regenerate and heal damaged areas. Trigger point injections can include specific manipulations to the muscles, fascia, and connective tissues.
Headaches can lead to trigger points that create pain around the jaw, which causes the associated headaches to those points. Focused trigger point work can significantly reduce pain and improve muscles that are overworked. This will improve mobility and range of motion of the cervical spine.
- Low back pain
Trigger point therapists can focus on pressing and releasing areas of tension across the back. It works out muscle knots and improves range of motion, which helps reduce painful sensations in the back. The muscles in this area are prone to becoming exhausted and overworked. This can cause them to develop trigger point, which is what we will target with trigger point injections.
Trigger point therapy helps relieve pain in specific areas of the body by applying pressure or vibration at trigger points, according to the Arthritis Foundation.
Trigger point injections can be a safe and reliable treatment for chronic pain conditions. If you feel hopeless in navigating your body pain, you do not need to feel that way any longer. The team at Coast Physical Medicine will help you find the best treatment to bring you freedom from your pain.
To learn more about the power of trigger point injections, call Coast Physical Medicine at (714) 450-7003 or contact us online.
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