What Are Trigger Point Injections?

Most of us have sore muscles from time to time, and usually, the soreness clears up after a bit of gentle stretching, rest, or ice and heat therapy. But if your pain is related to a muscle “knot” or trigger point, you may find your symptoms won’t go away — and often, they become worse.

Trigger points are responsible for a lot of musculoskeletal pain, and depending where they occur, they can even cause joint pain and chronic headaches. At The Doctor’s House, Daniel Maenner, DO, DC, uses trigger point injections to help patients in West New York, New Jersey, eliminate chronic, nagging discomfort and restore normal, pain-free movement. Here’s how he can help you.

The ABCs of trigger points

Trigger points sometimes develop as the result of a traumatic injury, but often, they develop in an area that’s subjected to a lot of muscle stress and strain. Some trigger points, like the ones in your lower or upper back, happen as a result of poor posture, like sitting for a long period hunched over or slouching.

Over time, excess strain puts pressure on “hyperlocal” areas of muscle tissue. These areas become inflamed and swollen, causing the muscle fibers to “catch” or “stick together.” Trigger points are often sore to touch, and they can cause widespread pain and stiffness, too.

People who have recurrent or chronic trigger points may have a condition called myofascial pain syndrome, or MPS. Trigger points can also play a role in another pain syndrome, called fibromyalgia.

How trigger point injections work

Because of the way trigger points form, they often can’t be relieved through exercise, stretching, or ice and heat therapy alone. To find relief, you need focused treatment aimed at eliminating the inflammation that’s at the heart of trigger point formation.

Trigger point injections do just that. Each injection contains a combination of agents that eliminate inflammation and pain, while also promoting relaxation in the tight, taut area of muscle tissue.

Injection therapy begins with a thorough examination and a review of your symptoms. Then, the injection locations are carefully mapped out to ensure they provide you with the most relief.

Each injection takes just a few seconds, and although you might notice some discomfort like you would with any injection, most patients find the injections simple and quick. If you're sensitive about needles, our team can apply a topical anesthetic to numb the area prior to administering the injection.

Learn more about trigger point therapy

Trigger point injections can be effective in relieving the pain and stiffness associated with deep muscle knots, along with other symptoms, like chronic headaches. In most cases, you’ll notice an improvement in your symptoms within just a few days — sometimes, the effects are immediate.

To learn more about trigger point injections and whether they’re a good choice for your chronic pain, call The Doctor’s House, or use our online form to book a consultation today.

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