Trigger Point Injections for Back Pain and Tight Muscles
Back pain and tight muscles can result from countless conditions, including sports injuries, poor workplace ergonomics, and even stress. While some individuals choose to take over-the-counter pain relievers to treat pain symptoms, if your pain is the result of tense muscles, you may want to explore alternative options, including trigger point injections.
What Exactly are Trigger Points?
Tight muscles are also referred to as trigger points or “knots” in the muscle. These knots can often be felt through the skin and, when not treated, can lead to long-term pain.
Several things can cause trigger points, including:
- Hormonal changes
- Inflammation conditions
- Lack of movement
- Muscle overuse
- Poor posture
- Repetitive motions
- Sitting for a long time in awkward positions
While some patients find that regular chiropractic treatments and massage therapy help with their trigger points, others require trigger point injections to find genuine relief.
How Do Trigger Point Injections Help Back Pain and Tight Muscles?
A trigger point injection is most often used for those suffering from trigger points in the neck, lower back, arms, and legs. They are also used with conditions such as tension headaches, fibromyalgia, and myofascial pain syndrome that doesn’t respond to other treatment methods.
These injections will either contain either saline or a local anesthetic to help render a trigger point inactive. However, for those experiencing more severe pain, the injection may include a corticosteroid to help the patient find much-needed relief.
Trigger point injections are administered by a health care professional and only take a few moments, depending on the number of injections needed per visit. If a patient is experiencing several trigger points at once, it’s not uncommon to receive multiple injections during a visit.
While many patients begin to feel some level of relief at the injection time, several treatments may be required to see genuine results.
Trigger Point Injections in Rockwall, TX
If you suffer from trigger points and regular chiropractic adjustments and/or massage therapy haven’t provided you with the relief you need, then you’ll want to inquire about trigger point injections.
Curious about trigger point injections and how they could benefit you? Call our office today at (972) 961-0673 or email us to schedule an appointment.