Trigger points are sensitive pressure points within the body, specifically muscles and nerves that result in intense or acute pain in another area of the body. Over-stimulation of a trigger point will result in extreme pain or discomfort. Trigger points can also be used to elicit a healing response by increasing blood flow to a specific area, flooding it with oxygenated blood that is needed by the tissues to heal. By breaking up the tension that accumulates near these trigger points, the doctor can effectively relieve pain in other areas of the body.
Trigger point injections are used to break up the formation of knots and tightened tissues that cause trigger points to form in the muscles. Trigger point injections are given to patients while they are in the doctor's office. There is no need to go to a hospital or other type of facility. Doctors can perform several injections during a single visit allowing for multiple treatment sites. Trigger point injections often involve the use of corticosteroids to help alleviate the pain and control inflammation.
Individuals who suffer from chronic knots in the muscle tissue and from constant tightening within the muscles or nerves may benefit from trigger point injections. This type of treatment is ideal for individuals who suffer from lower back or lumbar pain caused by an accident or injury. Trigger point injections have been proven to provide at least a modest amount of pain relief even when other types of treatment have failed. In instances where the patient is allergic to corticosteroids, doctors have other anesthetic options available to them that also provide relief. Contact Pain Care Providers to discover if trigger point injections can work for you.
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