Trigger points or knots are painful areas of muscle that stay tense. While anyone can get trigger points, trigger points are often associated with fibromyalgia, tension headaches, and myofascial pain syndrome. Knots can occur anywhere you have muscle, but are common to the arms, legs, lower back, and neck. Trigger points can also irritate nerves near the knot, causing referred pain. That means you may feel the pain in an area of your body that is perfectly fine.
How To Alleviate Pain From Trigger Points: Trigger point injections may be an option to get rid of the pain from knots. During the procedure, a needle containing a local anesthetic, saline or other medication is injected into the trigger point, making it inactive. Pain relief is typically immediate with this procedure, and it can be long-lasting with the right course of treatment. Due to the simplicity of these injections, they are performed in the office and only take a few minutes.
What If I’m Allergic To The Medication? Another technique for trigger point injections is called “dry needling,” which means there is no medication within the needle that is injected. This technique still works to relieve the pain from trigger points.
Seeking Out Treatment: If you suffer from trigger points and would like to find relief, call today and schedule an appointment to see one of our healthcare professionals at Springs Chiropractic & Sports Rehab.