If you suffer from pain and tension in your muscles, chances are you struggle to get through the day without some form of discomfort. This can eventually affect your overall quality of life. Sensitive muscles can stop you in your tracks when it comes to exercise or an active lifestyle, and it may even prevent you from doing your job.
At Regenerative Spine and Pain Institute, our team is led by double board-certified pain management specialist, Ronak D. Patel, MD, where we offer trigger point injections to relieve your pain and help you get back to your everyday routine. Let’s look at how this treatment works.
Understanding trigger points
Trigger points are sensitive areas in your muscle or connective tissue that cause pain when compressed. They can be caused by:
- Ongoing muscle stress
- Gradual wear-and-tear in a specific area
- Hormone imbalances
- A sedentary lifestyle
Trigger points can occur in anyone, causing moderate to severe pain. When you press on the trigger point, you can have referred pain that radiates to other structures in your body. This helps identify where the pain is coming from.
Trigger points can also radiate throughout your muscle and fascia, which consists of extremely sensitive bundles of fiber, woven like tight bands wrapped around your muscles throughout your body.
Though pain might be minimized with at-home remedies, such as massage, anti-inflammatory medications, or avoidance of activity for a while, trigger point injections may be the treatment to give you ultimate relief.
Understanding trigger point injections
Pain that persists for more than a few days may benefit from trigger point injections. They involve injecting a specific mix of medications which may consist of an anesthetic, corticosteroid combination, and Botox®, directly into your area of pain to reduce or eliminate pain.
Depending on your level of pain, we may inject some or all of the medicine. This minimally invasive procedure goes straight to the source of the pain, targeting the knot or area of sensitivity, which may be located in your neck, lower back, shoulders, arms, or legs.
You can also benefit from these injections if you have chronic pain conditions, such as fibromyalgia, tension headaches, and myofascial pain syndrome.
How a trigger point injection can benefit you
At Regenerative Spine and Pain Institute, we aim to relieve your problem area with pain management strategies.
Trigger point injections offer a nonsurgical solution to soothe your tight, sensitive muscles, giving you the relief you need. The injection relaxes the muscles in your trigger point, and you can begin to experience relief within a few days. Depending on your condition, we may advise a recommended series of injections that only takes a few minutes.
If you need relief for your trigger points, book an appointment with our team today at either one of our offices in Plainsboro or Manalapan Township, New Jersey.