We have all had muscle pain, but have you ever had a chronic pain that just would not go away, leaving a specific area completely in an excruciating knot that just won’t relax? Sometimes, no matter what we do, this tension will not ease. Medication, therapy, exercise, massage – nothing seems to work….
In cases such as this, trigger point injections may be able to provide some relief and get you back to feeling more like yourself instead of a knotted piece of twine.
When muscles are overworked and tense up, you can feel a knot, or a myofascial trigger point, beneath the skin. The muscle fibers have become tightly wound and will not loosen, even with stretching. These knots can cause intense pain among the nerve clusters associated with that muscle group due to muscular irritation. Pressing on the knotted area causes the pain to intensify and radiate as the muscle becomes even more irritated.
In a mild trigger point, deep tissue massage can ease the tension, allowing the muscle to relax and the irritation to dissipate. In severe cases, a massage will only intensify the pain and provide no relief. Knots can form in the neck, back, arms and legs, and if left untreated, can seriously affect the quality of your life.
Conditions that trigger point injections can treat include:
- Temporomandibular Joint Pain (TMJ)
- Persistent spasm or radiating pain
- Sports-related injuries
- Chronic and persistent back, neck, and shoulder pain
Types of Trigger Point Injections
Trigger point injections involve introducing appropriate treatment directly into the fascia of the muscle affected. Depending on the cause of the irritation as well as the severity of the pain, different treatment protocols are used.
There are three main types of trigger point injections:
- Anesthetic – a local anesthetic such as lidocaine can block the reception of the pain. For mild cases, this can help the muscle relax long enough for the irritation to lessen. Since the pain and irritation are directly linked to the knot, this can ease the condition.
- Anti-inflammatory – if it isn’t simply a matter of blocking the pain, the doctor can introduce a corticosteroid into the muscle site to reduce the related inflammation. If the inflammation is what is causing the irritation, this can allow the muscle to return to a relaxed state, providing relief.
- Botulinum Toxin A (Botox) – in cases where the pain or inflammation isn’t the direct cause of the trigger point, a more serious treatment can be called for. When the patient’s muscles are past the point that the previous injections could have an impact, our team might suggest a Botox injection to block the nerve impulses controlling the muscle, forcing it to relax.
If you are suffering from chronic muscle pain with knots that just won’t go away, trigger point injections might be the solution you have been seeking. If you are suffering pain from a stubborn trigger point and are interested in trigger point injections in Sugar Land, Texas, or surrounding areas, call (281) 302-5121 today. We will assess you and provide you with a pain relief plan best fits your needs.