Trigger points are tender areas of your muscle that develop when the tissue surrounding the muscle contracts and sticks together, causing pain in the areas they form. Sometimes a trigger point causes pain in other body areas if it affects a nearby nerve. Trigger point injections San Diego are administered to trigger points to relax muscles and relieve pain. The trigger point injection can consist of local anesthesia and a steroid medication. They can treat chronic pain in your neck, arms, legs, and lower back.
Reduces Myofascial pain syndrome
Myofascial pain syndrome is a condition that involves chronic pain affecting your muscles and their surrounding tissue. The trigger points in this condition stimulate pain in unrelated body parts, called referred pain. Muscle injury, repetitive motion, poor posture, and psychological stress can lead to myofascial pain syndrome.
Additionally, referred pain in myofascial syndrome can lead to muscle stiffness or weakness, muscle knots that you can feel by touch, limited mobility, and pain in specific parts of your muscle. In some cases, the pain intensifies when you move or stretch the affected muscle. Trigger point injections can minimize discomfort by relaxing the affected muscle. The injections also intrude the nerve signaling pathways that lead to referred pain.
Fibromyalgia is a chronic disease that affects your soft tissues. It has some symptoms similar to those of arthritis. The cause of fibromyalgia is unknown, but it is associated with some risk factors like infections, being female, and physical or psychological trauma. History of autoimmune disorders like lupus and rheumatoid arthritis and family history of fibromyalgia are other risk factors for this condition.
Fibromyalgia causes widespread or systemic pain. Headaches, body pain, numbness or tingling in your hands and feet, and digestive disorders are fibromyalgia symptoms. You can also experience poor sleep and daytime fatigue, concentration difficulties, and symptoms of depression. Fibromyalgia pain comes from neurological disorders that affect how your brain processes sensory information.
Trigger points in your shoulders, neck, and head can lead to migraine and tension headaches. Studies show that individuals with myofascial trigger points have migraines in most cases. Trigger point injections help alleviate headache pain and migraines.
Post-injection pain: You can experience post-injection pain after trigger point injections in rare instances. This pain usually goes away after a few days. Post-injection pain commonly happens when your doctor does not administer medication to the trigger point. Over-the-counter drugs and ice or heat therapy can help reduce pain.
Fat shrinkage under your skin: Injection of steroid medication during trigger point injections can lead to shrinkage of fat under your skin. Fat shrinkage can cause a dent in your skin. This complication will not occur if your doctor only uses an anesthetic without any steroid during trigger point injection.
Infection and bleeding: In rare cases, needle punctures on your skin can lead to infections and bleeding. You can also experience soreness or numbness at the site of trigger point injections.
Luckily, the side effects of trigger point injections vanish within a few days, but your doctor can help relieve them through medications. Schedule an appointment at Gain Wellness Center for trigger point injections to get a long-lasting relief of your pain.