How Trigger Point Injections Can Relieve Tension Headaches

Tension headaches can stop you in your tracks. One of the most common headaches, tension headaches can feel as if you have a tight band around your head. They can strike when you least expect it, and they can vary from mild to debilitating.

If you receive a tension headache diagnosis, trigger point injections may help you get relief. At Valerius Medical Group & Research Center in Los Alamitos, California, Nathaniel Neal, MD, and Rebekah Neal-Kraal, MD, offer trigger point injections as part of their comprehensive treatment for headaches. Trigger point injections are effective in reducing the frequency and severity of tension headaches.

What are trigger points?

Trigger points are areas of muscle that stay in a contracted state because they’re inflamed, irritated, or stressed. Trigger points can develop due to injury, repetitive movements, fibromyalgia, and other causes. 

In the place that has a trigger point, you may feel a nodule, and the area may feel tender to the touch. And if you press on the area, it may cause pain.

Because trigger points can affect the nerves around them, this can lead to pain elsewhere along the affected nerves, such as neck pain, shoulder pain, and tension headaches.

How do trigger point injections relieve pain?

Trigger point injections consist of a saline solution, and they may include anesthetic or steroid medications. The anesthetic helps block the pain signals, and the steroid helps reduce the inflammation. Reducing the pain and inflammation can then give the muscles a chance to heal.

The team at Valerius Medical Group & Research Center offers trigger point injections for a range of conditions, including:

What happens during trigger point injections?

First, your provider identifies the trigger point. Then your provider injects the saline solution and medication into the trigger point. If you have several trigger points, you may receive injections for each trigger point during your visit. 

Treatments usually take just a few minutes. Along with the injection, your provider may also massage the knot to help loosen the trigger point and enhance the effectiveness of the injection. The injection site may feel sore, and you may notice some bruising after your injection, but this should resolve within a few days.

To see if trigger point injections can relieve your tension headaches, book an appointment online or over the phone with Valerius Medical Group & Research Center today.

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