Trigger Point Injections
Trigger point injections in Gulfport MS and Ocean Springs MS are a procedure used to treat the areas of muscle that are in pain and contain trigger points or knots of muscle that are created when muscles cannot relax. It is possible to feel these knots under the skin. It is fairly common that trigger points irritate the nerves around them and cause pain that is felt in another part of the body, known as referred pain. Our Gulfport MS and Ocean Springs MS team has found that some patient complaints respond very well to this form of treatment.
UNDERSTANDING Trigger Point Injections
The trigger point injection procedure consists of injecting a solution through a small needle into the patient's trigger point problem area. The solution contains a local anesthetic that sometimes includes a corticosteroid. When injected, the trigger point is made inactive and the pain is alleviated. Usually, a brief course of treatment will result in sustained relief. Injections are given in a doctor's office and usually take just a few minutes. Several sites may be injected in one visit. If a patient has an allergy to a certain medication, a dry-needle technique (involving no medications) can be used.
Trigger point injection is used to treat many muscle groups, especially those in the arms, legs, lower back, and neck. In addition, trigger point injections can be used to treat fibromyalgia and tension headaches. Trigger point injection is also used to alleviate myofascial pain syndrome (chronic pain involving tissue that surrounds muscle) that does not respond to other treatments. However, the effectiveness of trigger point injections for treating myofascial pain is still under study.
If you are interested in learning more about Trigger Point Injections, call our experienced team at Jernigan Chiropractic & Rehab Clinic in Gulfport MS and Ocean Springs MS today!