Who Benefits from Trigger Point Injections?

When manual manipulations and massage therapy aren’t enough to relieve overly tight muscle knots, or trigger points, you might be a candidate for trigger point injections.

As an experienced chiropractor, Bryan Weddle, DC, understands how limiting persistent muscle pain can be. Dr. Weddle works closely with you to create a treatment plan that not only eases tension in your muscles, but also helps prevent new trigger points from forming.

Why you have trigger points

Trigger points are sensitive areas near overly tight muscles. When you press on these areas or stretch the muscle too far, it can cause intense myofascial pain. This pain can also radiate into other areas of your body.

For instance, if you have a trigger point in the middle of your back, pressure can cause pain to move up into your neck and shoulders or down into your lower back.

These painful trigger points typically develop from repetitive use of your muscles that stress out the tissue fibers and form knots. In addition to pain, you might notice you no longer have full function of the affected muscle.

Diagnosis of a trigger point

Trigger points are often discovered during a physical exam of the painful area. They are classified in two ways – active or latent.

Active trigger points

Active trigger points cause pain when your muscle is at rest. The area might feel tender to the touch and cause pain any time pressure is put on the stressed muscle.

Latent trigger points

Latent trigger points don’t cause spontaneous pain, but you might experience muscle weakness or restricted movement in the area.

Once Dr. Weddle evaluates the location and severity of your trigger points, he can use chiropractic techniques to ensure your spine and joints are properly aligned. This prevents further irritation on the muscles that can increase the intensity of your pain.

If manual stretching of your muscles isn’t effective at relieving trigger point pain, Dr. Weddle might recommend you for trigger point injection therapy.

An overview of trigger point injection therapy

Trigger point injections focus on relieving persistent muscle pain, delivering anesthetic and corticosteroid medications by injection into the tight bands of muscles.

The anesthetic blocks pain receptors in your muscles from traveling to your brain and the steroid helps to reduce chronic inflammation in the affected muscle and surrounding soft tissues.

You might also find relief of trigger points with dry needling, a type of trigger point injection that doesn’t use medications. Instead, the insertion of a dry needle into the muscle helps break apart tight muscle fibers.

As your muscles relax, your pain starts to decrease. It can take several days before you see the full benefit of your trigger point injection. Over time, you should also regain normal function in your muscles.

Tips to prevent trigger points

Once your muscle pain is gone, you should stay focused on what you can do to prevent new trigger points from forming. You can take care of your muscles by:

You should also schedule regular chiropractic appointments, so Dr. Weddle can ensure your spine is properly aligned and your musculoskeletal system is functioning optimally. Preventive chiropractic care can reduce your risk for trigger points and other issues that cause chronic pain.

Find out if trigger point injections are a treatment option for you by calling DMC Healthcare or by booking a consultation online today. 

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