A trigger point only affects a limited area of a muscle, yet that small knot can trigger severe pain and restrict your mobility. At Integrity Pain Consultants, pain specialist Kenneth Homolya, MD, provides trigger point injections to relax the knot, relieve your pain, and restore normal mobility. To get relief with trigger point injections, call one of the five offices in Hermitage, Nashville, Hendersonville, or Cookeville, Tennessee, or book an appointment online today.
A trigger point is a hard, palpable knot that develops in muscles or fascia, the protective connective tissue surrounding your muscles. You may develop one trigger point or have several knots in a band of muscles. Trigger points can develop in any muscle in your body, but they frequently affect the neck and upper back.
An active trigger point is extremely tender and painful, sometimes continuing to cause pain even when you rest. You may also experience muscle weakness and have limited movement due to the pain.
Some trigger points cause referred pain, which is pain that you feel somewhere else in your body when the trigger point is pressed. Additionally, pushing on a trigger point often causes an automatic muscle twitch.
A trigger point in the muscle that shrugs your shoulders and helps move your head and neck may cause migraines. If your trigger point results in chronic pain, you have a condition called myofascial pain syndrome.
Trigger points are often caused by:
Trigger points typically occur from overusing your muscles, but they can also develop due to lack of exercise.
A trigger point injection contains a local anesthetic, steroids, or both. The local anesthetic blocks pain signals, providing quick pain relief. Steroids take a little longer to help because they work by reducing your inflammation. However, steroids produce longer-lasting pain relief.
During a trigger point injection, your provider at Integrity Pain Consultants finds the trigger point and applies a topical anesthetic on the skin above the knotted muscle. Then they insert the needle into the trigger point and inject the medication. In some cases, you may need more than one trigger point injection to help the knot relax.
After your injection, you don’t need to take downtime. However, your provider may recommend avoiding strenuous physical activities for several days.
To learn if a trigger point injection can relieve your pain and stiffness, call the Integrity Pain Consultants office nearest you or schedule an appointment online today.