Contact Camelback Medical Centers in Phoenix to explore the benefits of trigger point injections.
When dealing with most types of pain, especially chronic pain, it can be tempting to focus on a specific joint or set of muscles as the source. However, there are times when the pain actually starts in one location and then spreads throughout the body. In these cases, trigger point injections at Camelback Medical Centers in Phoenix can provide relief. To schedule an appointment, please call our Scottsdale office at (623) 872-0002 or book online today.
Trigger Point Injections Q&A
What are trigger point injections?
The human body consists of muscles and organs that are surrounded by a delicate connective tissue known as fascia. If the fascia becomes tight or restricted, it can result in pain not only in that specific area but also in other regions as the body tries to compensate for the limited mobility. These points of tightness, tenderness, or discomfort in a particular muscle or section of the fascia can greatly impact movement, normal bodily functions, and the overall quality of life for affected individuals.
A trigger point injection from Phoenix’s Camelback Medical Centers team administers pain-relieving medication directly into specific tight spots in muscles or fascia.
These areas that are specifically targeted for injection are referred to as trigger points. In certain instances, trigger points can be felt as a knot or nodules beneath the skin. When pressure is applied to these knots, they may cause muscle twitches or pain.
The local anesthetics Lidocaine or Ropivacaine are commonly injected into these points to alleviate pain.
These injections effectively alleviate pain or discomfort originating from a trigger point.
What are the most common conditions helped by trigger point injections?
Almost all types of pain and conditions are more effectively treated with trigger point injections. When certain muscles develop tight bands of tissue that cause abnormal contractions, these trigger points can lead to the formation of small, localized areas of pain within the muscle.
Myofascial pain syndrome has the potential to exacerbate other musculoskeletal conditions like rotator cuff disease, which affects the upper arm and shoulder. This happens because it places additional strain or pressure on the affected muscles or muscle groups.
The specific process by which myofascial pain syndrome originates and progresses is still unknown. Various factors, such as fascia or connective tissue damage or diseases, could potentially play a role in the development of this disorder.
Autoimmune disorders, where the body’s immune system mistakenly targets the fascia, could potentially contribute to the development of myofascial pain syndrome.
Cancer as well as its treatments, such as surgery or chemotherapy, can cause harm to healthy fascia or muscles surrounding a tumor, resulting in damaged and tightened muscle tissue.
Trigger points at Camelback Medical Centers in Phoenix may also form due to various factors and conditions. Some examples include:
- Muscular fatigue
- Muscular trauma
- Physical or emotional Stress
- Chemical toxins
- Decreases in the temperature of the affected muscle(s)
- Emotional distress
- Abrupt overload or strain on the muscle(s)
What happens in a trigger joint injections procedure?
At Camelback Medical Centers in Phoenix, the trigger point injection procedure is conducted as an outpatient procedure conveniently at your doctor’s office.
You will need to assume a sitting or lying position that allows your pain specialist to easily access the trigger point. The most accurate way to locate and visualize trigger points is using ultrasound technology.
The skin above the affected area will be cleansed by your doctor. If needed, the Camelback Medical Centers team may also administer a local anesthetic to reduce any discomfort. Following this, the trigger point injection will be directly administered to the affected muscle or area.
In certain situations, it may be necessary to administer multiple trigger point injections in the same location. This is done to ensure comprehensive coverage and complete deactivation of the trigger point. On average, a trigger point injection procedure usually takes less than 15 minutes to complete.
Are Trigger point injections safe?
Yes, trigger point injections, at Camelback Medical Centers in Phoenix, are a safe and minimally invasive medical procedure, but, like all procedures, there are some risks involved.
Trigger point injections may elicit initial responses, including sudden pain or muscle spasms. It is important to note that these reactions are brief and do not manifest in every injection.
What are some side effects from Trigger point injections?
The medications used at Camelback Medical Centers for anesthesia injections have potential side effects, which can include the following adverse reactions:
- Local Discomfort
- Brief headache
To reduce your risks, it is important to have a thorough discussion with your doctor about your existing health conditions, known allergies, and any concerns you may have.
How fast is recovery from Trigger point injections?
In order to ensure your well-being, it is important to adhere to the instructions provided by the team at Camelback Medical Centers in Phoenix as they are aware of your specific health profile. However, after the procedure, it is generally advised to refrain from exerting excessive force or putting undue strain on the treated area for at least 24 hours.
Your doctor may recommend engaging in gentle exercise or doing stretches in the affected area after 24 hours. This can assist in loosening up and alleviating tension, ultimately enhancing the outcome.
To speed up the resolution of your condition, we may combine Chiropractic adjustments and physical rehabilitation exercises to get to the root cause of your condition and resolve the problem more quickly.
To experience optimal wellness and comfort, get in touch with Camelback Medical Centers in Phoenix at (623) 872-0002 or book an appointment online today to explore the benefits of trigger point injections.
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