Trigger Point Injections Questions and Answers
Trigger point injection may be right for you if your muscle pain has not improved with other treatments. At Golden State Medical Center in San Ramon CA, we specialize in trigger point injections that could help you feel better! For more information, please call us or book an appointment online.
What is a trigger point?
A trigger point or myofascial (muscle tissue) trigger point is a bundle of contracted muscle fibers within a larger muscle group, commonly known as a muscle knot. A trigger point causes pain and tightness. There are two types or phases of trigger points, latent and active.
1) Active Trigger Point – the painful phase of a trigger point, usually significant enough to cause people to seek relief. The symptoms may be a dull pain when compressed with a finger, the pain may spread to a larger area, and may radiate pain to a distance far from the trigger point itself. Symptoms are generally experienced without having to compress the trigger point. Left untreated these trigger points may start to affect the other muscles around it, increasing the number of symptoms, sometimes, confusing the physician to give a diagnosis of fibromyalgia.
2) Latent Trigger Point – Most people have latent trigger points and are not aware that they have them, because latent trigger points do not cause symptoms, although, they may be tender upon pressing on them. Latent trigger points can be there for years after apparent recovery of an injury, long-term postural problems, and repetitive injuries. Latent trigger points may become active trigger points when stressors become too great.
What is a trigger point injection?
A trigger point injection can help soothe muscle pain, especially in your arms, legs, lower back, and neck. It also can be used to treat fibromyalgia, tension headaches and myofascial pain. A trigger point injection is an outpatient procedure that takes only minutes to complete. During the injection process, our medical provider will insert a small needle, containing local anesthetic or saline, into the patient’s trigger point. With the injection, the trigger point is made inactive and the muscle pain is alleviated.
What are the risks and costs?
The risk of complication from a trigger point injection is extremely low. Complications such as bleeding and infection at the injection site are uncommon. However, you may have temporary soreness or numbness at the injection site. Because of the effectiveness and low cost of this procedure, almost all major insurances cover trigger point injections.
Is trigger point injection right for you?
Trigger point injection may be right for you if your muscle pain has not improved with other treatments. At Golden State Medical Center, we specialize in trigger point injections that could help you feel better! Contact our office today to get in touch with a specialist. To book an appointment, call us or visit us online! We serve patients from San Ramon CA, Dublin CA, Blackhawk CA, Danville CA, Alamo CA, Diablo CA, Dougherty CA, Tassajara CA, Livermore CA, and Pleasanton CA.