Trigger point injections offer relief from chronic, debilitating muscle pain. At Kansas Medical Associates, patients in Wichita, Kansas, seek out these injections to provide almost immediate relief from tight knots. Call the office or book an appointment online to find out if a trigger point injection will help you find relief from serious pain.
Trigger points are knots of bound up muscle that are sometimes palpable under the skin. Common sites that develop trigger points include the muscles of the upper back and behind the shoulders — the rhomboid and trapezius muscles.
As a result of these tight spots, you may experience neck and shoulder pain as well as chronic headaches. The point of the knot itself feels tender when you press on it and pain radiates around the trigger point.
Trigger points can also occur in the extremities, but are less common.
People with fibromyalgia, myofascial pain syndrome, chronic back pain, and neck pain are more likely to suffer from trigger point pain. Repetitive injuries or trauma can also lead trigger points to develop.
Trigger point injections usually contain an anesthetic — such as lidocaine or bupivacaine — only, or a mixture of anesthetics and corticosteroids. The injection deactivates the trigger point so your pain dissipates.
In many cases, one trigger point injection at Kansas Medical Associates is enough to eliminate pain for good. People who have chronic pain conditions — such as fibromyalgia — may find trigger points recur and that they need trigger point injections administered on a regular basis.
If you receive just anesthetics, you may be scheduled for injections once a month – but if you have a steroid added, treatment with trigger point injections will be less frequent.
The process of getting the injection is relatively simple and lasts just a few minutes. You lie on an exam table and your doctor at Kansas Medical Associates identifies the trigger point by palpation and marks the site.
Your doctor then cleans the injection site with alcohol or another cleanser and may give you a topical numbing agent to reduce discomfort. Your doctor then inserts the needle into the knot and administers the medication.
You may have a little soreness at the injection spot following treatment, but it can easily be alleviated with ice, over-the-counter pain medications, or heat.
If you have tightly bound knots of muscles causing you pain and dysfunction, trigger point injections can offer relief. Call Kansas Medical Associates or book an appointment online to schedule one today.