A trigger point is a knot in your muscle fibers that causes intense pain and tenderness. The pain medicine specialists at Alliance Spine Associates, LLC in Fair Lawn, New Jersey, can help if you’ve got trigger points. They use trigger point injections containing an anesthetic and a steroid medication to ease the pain and soothe inflammation. Call their office or book an appointment online today to benefit from highly effective trigger point injections.
Trigger points form when a muscle doesn’t relax but creates a tight, ropy area called a knot. This knot becomes a trigger point when it irritates and inflames the nearby nerves, causing pain.
A common problem with trigger points is referred pain, the discomfort you feel in a part of your body some distance from the trigger point.
Without treatment, trigger points can develop scar tissue. This scarring reduces your range of motion and causes general muscle weakness.
Trigger point injections contain a local anesthetic that numbs the inflamed knot. The injections often contain a steroid as well, which reduces inflammation.
Trigger point injections provide almost instant, long-lasting pain relief for many patients. They’re one of the most effective treatments for painful trigger points.
Trigger point injections are an in-office procedure at Alliance Spine Associates, LLC. That makes them a fast, convenient treatment and an effective one.
Your doctor numbs your skin and uses very fine needles for trigger point injections, keeping discomfort at a minimum. It takes your doctor just a few minutes to give you trigger point injections, even if you have many knots.
After your trigger point injection, pressure on the injection site can help your muscles relax. The area might feel slightly sore at first, but this should wear off in a few days.
The trigger point injections that Alliance Spine Associates, LLC uses contain an anesthetic that works almost immediately. You should feel an improvement in pain very quickly. The numbing effect of a trigger point injection can last for several hours, sometimes longer. The exact length of time varies between patients.
If your trigger point injection contains a steroid, the anti-inflammatory effect takes longer to work. It could be a few days or more before you notice a difference, but the results can last several months.
Many patients find that their knots don’t return to the same painful state after a trigger point injection. After several trigger point injections, your pain could be gone altogether.
Call Alliance Spine Associates, LLC or book an appointment online today to learn more about trigger point injections for muscular pain.