A trigger point is the result of an inflamed muscular area or a knotted muscle. The pain can be localized in the same spot or occur in a different area. Because the muscles tighten, their fibers become shorter, pulling on ligaments and bones in other areas. Trigger points can cause nerve irritation, which can also lead to referred pain.
These muscle knots are common in the back’s rhomboid and trapezius muscles and often cause neck and shoulder pain, as well as tension headaches. You can also find trigger points in the lower back and hips, but they’re less common in the extremities.
When you’re suffering from trigger-point pain, you can often feel a palpable nodule in the inflamed area. This nodule is tender to the touch and, when manipulated, may cause pain both at the site and in the referred-pain area.
Although trigger points can form on their own, they’re often the result of:
Depending on the severity of pain your trigger points cause, the team at Valerius Medical Group & Research Center may recommend a variety of treatments, including massage therapy and trigger point injections.
To administer a trigger point injection, Dr. Nathaniel or Dr. Rebekah uses a small needle to inject a saline solution directly into the inflamed or knotted muscle. The saline solution may include a medication, such as a corticosteroid or local anesthetic like lidocaine.
Once injected, your rheumatologist may massage the area, forcing the trigger point to loosen and enhancing the effectiveness of the injection. Once completed, the muscle should relax and the pain, both at the trigger point and in the referred area, should be eliminated.
To reduce the possibility of recurrence, Dr. Nathaniel and Dr. Rebekah may recommend lifestyle changes. This may include things like improving the ergonomic design of your workplace, working on your posture, or starting a regular stretching and strengthening program.
When trigger points cause you pain, seek professional help. Contact Valerius Medical Group & Research Center today to schedule your appointment with Dr. Nathaniel or Dr. Rebekah. Call or book online today.
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