One of the most debilitating health problems people experience is chronic pain. Chronic pain can develop anywhere in the body and can stop you from doing the things you love and enjoying life. Unlike other types of pain, chronic pain lasts for weeks or months at a time. It is often associated with an underlying condition that cannot be treated adequately, so pain symptoms must be managed. If you suffer from chronic pain and over-the-counter or prescription pain medications are not helping, trigger point injections may be able to bring you relief.
What Are Trigger Points?
Trigger points are knots of muscles that form when muscles do not relax or remain tense for long periods of time. These knots can be felt under the skin. Trigger points irritate nearby nerves and can cause pain in the area as well as other parts of the body (often called referred pain).
What Are Trigger Point Injections?
Trigger point injections are used to treat muscle groups in the arms, legs, back, or neck. Trigger point injections contain a local anesthetic and may include a corticosteroid. The solution makes the trigger point inactive, which reduces or eliminates pain symptoms associated with chronic pain.
What Can Trigger Point Injections Treat?
Trigger point injections can be used to treat a variety of conditions. They can successfully treat chronic pain, myofascial pain syndrome, tension headaches, and fibromyalgia. It is a versatile treatment that can be applied to pain in the extremities, neck, and lower back. If you experience pain symptoms anywhere in the body, talk to your doctor about whether trigger point injections can help.
What To Expect During A Trigger Point Injection Procedure?
Trigger point injections are administered in a doctor’s office. Depending on where you are getting them administered, you may be asked to lay down or sit in a certain position. The doctor will clean the area where the injection is to be administered using alcohol, like when you get a flu shot. Using a traditional injection needle, the doctor will administer the injection.
Some patients receive trigger point injections in multiple parts of the body at the same time. Most patients experience a reduction in pain symptoms almost immediately. In some cases, multiple trigger point injection treatments may be necessary for better results. Your doctor will work with you to determine how many trigger point injections will give you the optimal results.
Interventional Pain Management in The Pacific Northwest And New Mexico
At Lynx Healthcare, we are a multi-disciplinary group that provides the highest caliber of healthcare services to patients who suffer from pain conditions. We offer the latest in interventional pain treatments, including trigger point injections. Our specialties include addiction medicine, regenerative medicine, opioid therapy management, psychiatry, interventional pain medicine, and physiatry.
To learn more about trigger point injections and if it is the right treatment for your pain condition, make an appointment with one of our specialists today. To schedule an appointment, please give us a call at (509) 591-0070. You can also request an appointment online. For your convenience, we have several clinics to serve you at.