Trigger Point Injections

Trigger Point Injections Questions and Answers

Trigger points can cause immense amounts of pain, and can cause great discomfort to those dealing with them. Stop suffering alone and contact us today to learn more about how trigger point injections can benefit you. We have convenient locations in Bradenton FL, Sarasota FL, Venice FL, Englewood FL, Port Charlotte FL, Dunedin FL and St. Petersburg, FL to serve you.

Trigger Point Injections Near Me in Bradenton FL, Sarasota FL, Venice FL, Englewood FL, Port Charlotte FL, Dunedin FL and St. Petersburg, FL
Trigger Point Injections Near Me in Bradenton FL, Sarasota FL, Venice FL, Englewood FL, Port Charlotte FL, Dunedin FL and St. Petersburg, FL

Table of Contents:

What are Trigger Point Injections?
Am I a candidate for Trigger Point Injections?
What medicine is used in a trigger point injection?
Are trigger point injections the same as nerve blocks?
How do trigger point injections provide relief?

What are Trigger Point Injections?


Trigger point injections are an approved treatment option for treating pain in patients. Trigger point injections are offered as a treatment that can be used to treat painful areas of muscle that contain important trigger points, or also known as knots of muscle that form together when muscles do not relax. These knots can at times be felt under the skin. Trigger points often irritate the nerves around them and cause pain or pain that is felt in other areas of the body.

Trigger point injections involve a needle which is inserted through the skin into these trigger points that are causing trouble. By doing this, physicians are able to deliver the anesthetic solution that is in the needles directly into the trigger point, which forces the trigger point to relax.

A trigger point injection can help soothe muscle pain, especially in your arms, legs, lower back, and neck. It also can be used to treat fibromyalgia, tension headaches and myofascial pain. Trigger points are painful “knots” in your muscles. They form when a muscle cannot relax.

In a trigger point injection procedure, a local anesthetic (sometimes with a steroid) is injected into the trigger point to relieve the pain. It usually takes only a few treatments to relieve trigger point pain. It is a relatively simple, safe procedure. It gives patients enough relief to participate in physical therapy. The use of physical therapy is important in preventing a re-injury.

Am I a candidate for Trigger Point Injections?


Many who suffer from trigger points can benefit from trigger point injections. The following are considered good candidates for trigger point injections, but it is best to consult the doctor first if you aren’t fully sure.

– Individuals who experience severe muscle spasms
– Individuals who have previously experienced trauma to the affected area
– Individuals who have a history of tension headaches or even chronic muscle tension

Trigger point injections work best for individuals who are experiencing pain and tension within a specific area, rather than those who are experiencing tension in several areas that are non-specific.

Joint Injections may decrease the accumulation of fluid and cells in the joint and may temporarily decrease pain and stiffness. Many of the major joints (i.e. shoulder, knee, hip, etc.) of the body are susceptible to arthritic pain due to aging, repetitive use or injury. Joint Injections may be given to treat inflammatory joint conditions, such as rheumatoid arthritis, psoriatic arthritis, gout, tendonitis, bursitis and occasionally osteoarthritis.

Conditions

Low Back Pain
Neck Pain
Thoracic Spine Pain
Buttock Pain
Tail Bone Pain
Leg Pain
Arm Pain
Hand Pain
Post Shingles Pain
Pain After Car Accident
Pain After Work Injury
Spasticity

Diagnosis

Persistent Post Spine Surgery Pain
Persistent Post Joint Surgery Pain
Persistent Post Abdominal Surgery Pain

Injections and Nerve Blocks are more effective for treating acute pain. When a group of nerves are causing pain to a specific organ or body region, the pain can be blocked with injections of a local anesthetic. The Ramos Center for interventional & functional pain medicine uses Nerve Blocks effectively in conditions such as RSD, nerve entrapments, pudendal pain, ilioinguinal groin pain, intercostal pain, supraescapular nerve, neuromas, occipital neuralgia, etc.

Joint Injections may decrease the accumulation of fluid and cells in the joint and may temporarily decrease pain and stiffness. Many of the major joints (i.e. shoulder, knee, hip, etc.) of the body are susceptible to arthritic pain due to aging, repetitive use or injury. Joint Injections may be given to treat inflammatory joint conditions, such as rheumatoid arthritis, psoriatic arthritis, gout, tendonitis, bursitis and occasionally osteoarthritis.

In a trigger point injection procedure, a local anesthetic (sometimes with a steroid) is injected into the trigger point to relieve the pain. It usually takes only a few treatments to relieve trigger point pain. It’s a relatively simple, safe procedure. It gives patients enough relief to participate in physical therapy. The use of physical therapy is important in preventing a re-injury.
Trigger Point Injections Procedure will treat painful sites in muscle or connective tissue. Extreme tenderness can also develop in nearby muscles or regions of the body.

What medicine is used in a trigger point injection?


Trigger point injections are offered as pain management, the injection is filled with an anesthetic like lidocaine or bupivacaine, which is a mixture of anesthetics, or it can be corticosteroid alone or mixed with lidocaine.

Are trigger point injections the same as nerve blocks?


Trigger point injections and nerve block injections are both injections that provide pain relief. Nerve block injections target a particular group of nerves and works by numbing and deactivating the pain signals coming through the nerves, this particular technique helps to decrease inflammation and control the sensation of pain.

Nerve block injections take on average of five to fifteen minutes to complete and involve up to six needles at a time. Due to this, the providers will use an x-ray during the treatment to help avoid any accidental issues like hitting any bony needles at a time.

How do trigger point injections provide relief?


Trigger point injections can provide immediate pain relief and improve range of motion for many individuals who are suffering from chronic muscle pain.

While these injections can help with pain, the injections may not affect everyone in the same way, some individuals may experience extreme pain relief from the injections immediately, while others may not find relief until days or even weeks later.

Trigger point injections can help relieve pain which is caused from conditions affected from the musculoskeletal and nervous system including the ones below:

– Myofascial pain syndrome
Trigger point injections often relieve the symptoms of myofascial pain syndrome, which is a chronic pain condition that affects the muscles and their surrounding tissue. It helps to stimulate the pain responses in unrelated areas of the body.

– Fibromyalgia
Another chronic pain condition that shares many of the same symptoms of arthritis but can often affect the soft tissue instead of the joints. The exact cause of fibromyalgia is still unknown.

– Headaches
If you have trigger points in the shoulders, neck and head it can often lead to many migraines, and tension-type headaches.

If you are dealing with any trigger points within your body, stop dealing with the pain alone and talk to one of our specialists at Ramos Center today. Please visit our Locations page to find out which location is closest to you! We look forward to serving you!  We serve patients from Bradenton FL, Sarasota FL, Palmetto FL, Laurel FL, Venice FL, Englewood FL, Memphis FL, Cortez FL, Port Charlotte FL and Dunedin FL.

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