Trigger points are taut hypersensitive knots that occur in the fascia, the protective coating around muscles. These areas are sensitive to touch and often elicit a painful response to palpation, and can also cause radiating pain that can travel from the trigger point to a distant spot. Trigger points often occur as a result of muscular injuries, including strains, overuse and trauma.
What are the benefits of trigger point injections?
Trigger point injections have several incredible benefits and can relieve pain in multiple areas of the body, including the: lower back, neck, arms, and legs. Chronic pain caused by poor posture, injury to the muscle, poor mechanics that lead to stress of the muscle, and joint disorders usually respond well to trigger point injections. These injections are also used to treat pain associated with a number of different medical conditions, including: fibromyalgia, myofascial pain syndrome, and tension headaches.
One of the biggest benefits of trigger point injections is that they can provide relief to individuals who have been suffering from pain associated with trigger points (tight muscle knots) and have not found relief using more conservative treatments, such as physical therapy, pain medication or stretching exercises.
What type of doctor gives trigger point injections?
Several types of doctors can administer trigger point injections, including family medicine doctors, obstetricians-gynecologists (OB/GYNs), orthopedic surgeons, pain medicine doctors (anesthesiologists), physical medicine and rehabilitation doctors, and rheumatologists. Another type of medical professional that also provides trigger point injections are chiropractors, as they specialize in treating the musculoskeletal system, including the joints and muscles. If you are looking for a qualified medical professional to provide you with trigger point injections that really work, come to NuMedX today.
What is the difference between dry needling and trigger point injections?
Dry needling and trigger point injections are two distinct therapies. Both treatments are designed to ease muscular pain and discomfort, yet their approach varies significantly. Dry needling involves inserting several fine, short, stainless steel needles into trigger points. Also known as intramuscular stimulation, dry needling does not involve injecting any solutions into the body. Trigger point injections, on the other hand, target the same trigger points, but also administer a pain-relieving solution for short- to medium-term relief.
It is important to note that both treatments will need to be repeated for long-term relief; the frequency at which these treatments can be repeated varies depending on several factors, including which solutions are used, the strength of the medications, and the area of the trigger point. A qualified medical professional can help determine the rate at which these injections can be repeated. Injections that contain only an anesthetic may be repeated at monthly intervals, whereas injections that contain a steroid have a longer waiting period between injections, oftentimes a few months.
What does a trigger point injection contain?
The composition of trigger point injections vary depending on the severity of pain and the patient’s individual physiology. In many cases, the injection includes an anesthetic such as lidocaine or bupivacaine, a combination of anesthetics, or a corticosteroid by itself or mixed with a local anesthetic. Sometimes, a needle alone is inserted into the trigger point, and no medication is injected, a process known as dry needling. The trigger point is made inactive with the injection and the pain is relieved, which can last several weeks, or even several months.
At NuMedX, our medical professionals are dedicated to providing you with all of your trigger point injection needs. We can help you directly target your trigger points and administer a pain-relieving medication that provides lasting relief. Visit NuMedX today at 313 North Main Street, Punxsutawney, PA 15767. We serve patients from Punxsutawney PA, Big Run PA, Sykesville PA, Reynoldsville PA, Mahaffey PA, Home PA, Rochester Mills PA, Marion Center PA, Stump Creek PA, Rossiter PA, Dayton PA, and Luthersburg PA. We look forward to serving you!