Trigger Point Injections
There are areas in muscle groups called trigger points that can cause localized and radiating pain. These small nodules can become aggravated from injury or disease, resulting in chronic pain. One option for relieving myofascial or muscle pain is through trigger point injections. At Allied Pain & Spine Institute, we offer myofascial pain relief with trigger point injections at our facility in San Leandro, CA.
Myofascial pain can be caused by tight or spasming muscles. This can be caused by a health condition like fibromyalgia or nerve disorder, or due to an injury to the muscles. When muscles refuse to relax, they can cause intense pain and may affect mobility. Myofascial pain is most commonly felt in the neck, shoulders, back, arms and legs.
Trigger points are hard knots within the muscles. One way to relax muscles that are constantly spasming or tight is to inject medication into these knots. Trigger point injections can offer myofascial pain relief for many patients with this debilitating pain syndrome.
Myofascial Pain Treatment
Trigger point injections include local anesthetic combined with steroids to relax the muscle. Depending on the area treated, the needle may be guided by imaging or through identifying the trigger point through touch. The local anesthetic often provides instant relief for the patient by numbing the muscle. This effect does wear off in a few hours, but the steroid can help relax the muscle over the following days after treatment.
Those with myofascial pain may have it in various areas. Trigger point injections can be part of a more comprehensive pain treatment plan to relieve muscle tightness, spasms and pain. The trigger point injections can provide pain relief for several months for chronic pain disorders or permanently for acute pain.
If you suffer from acute or chronic muscle pain that is impacting your quality of life, it is time to seek pain management treatments. At Allied Pain & Spine Institute, we offer a wide assortment of treatment options for muscle, joint, neck and back pain at our facilities in the Bay area. Contact our medical center in San Leandro, CA, to schedule a pain management consultation to learn more about trigger point injections and our other pain treatment modalities.