Although nerves are often the source of chronic pain, muscles can also be responsible. In these cases, trigger point injections may be an effective treatment method. The Pain Management Center offers these treatments to patients living in Voorhees, Linwood and Hamilton, NJ.
What Are Trigger Point Injections?
Trigger point injections are a pain management treatment that involves the injection of a local anesthetic and a steroid medication into muscles that are responsible for chronic pain. When muscles are unable to relax, they may form trigger points, or knots, that irritate the nerves and cause pain. Trigger point injections force these muscles to relax, providing immediate and often long-lasting pain relief. Trigger point injections are often used to treat myofascial pain, fibromyalgia, and other muscle groups in the neck, arms, legs, and back that may cause regular pain.
What is the Trigger Point Injection Treatment Like?
The first step of the trigger point injection treatment is applying a local anesthetic to the treatment area. This helps to relieve any discomfort that may occur during the injection process. Once the skin is numbed, a needle will be carefully inserted into the trigger point, or knot, of the muscle that is causing pain. After the needle is in place, the injection will be performed. This treatment is typically completed in less than an hour. After treatment, you may notice some minor swelling or bruising at the injection site, but these effects usually fade within a few days.
What Kind of Results Can I Expect from Trigger Point Injections?
After your trigger point injection treatment, you will notice immediate pain relief due to the local anesthetic that is injected. This will wear off in a few hours, and pain may return briefly. The steroid medication will take effect within a few days, soothing inflammation so that you can enjoy long-lasting pain relief. Muscle knots are rarely a recurring issue, so most patients only need a single treatment to eliminate their muscle pain. However, for patients with myofascial pain syndrome or other conditions, regular treatments may be necessary.
Are you struggling from muscle pain? Contact us today to schedule your initial appointment and discover if trigger point injections can help you find relief. The Pain Management Center welcomes patients from Voorhees, Turnersville, Hamilton, and the neighboring cities of New Jersey.