Atlas Medical Center offers trigger point injections, a minimally invasive treatment for individuals experiencing muscle pain. These injections target specific areas of muscle knots or trigger points to alleviate pain, improve range of motion, and promote overall musculoskeletal wellness.
What Are Trigger Points?
Trigger points are localized areas of tightness and tenderness within muscles that can cause pain, referred pain, and restricted movement. They are commonly formed due to muscle overuse, injury, or poor posture. Trigger points can create a cycle of pain, muscle tension, and limited mobility. Trigger point injections, administered by medical professionals at Atlas Medical Center, aim to deactivate these points, providing relief and restoring normal muscle function.
What Are Trigger Point Injections?
Trigger point injections are a therapeutic procedure offered at Atlas Medical Center to treat muscle pain and dysfunction. During the procedure, a medical professional inserts a small needle directly into the trigger point, delivering a combination of local anesthetic and sometimes a corticosteroid. This injection helps to relax the muscle, relieve pain, and promote healing by reducing inflammation and improving blood flow to the affected area.
Conditions Treated With Trigger Point Injections:
- Chronic muscle pain
- Myofascial pain syndrome
- Tension headaches
- Neck pain
- Back pain
- Shoulder pain
- Hip pain
- Sports injuries
- Postural imbalances
- Repetitive strain injuries
- Muscle spasms and tightness
- Arthritis-related muscle pain
- Nerve entrapment syndromes
How Trigger Point Injections Work
Trigger point injections target specific areas of hyperirritable muscle fibers, known as trigger points. When a trigger point forms, it causes a localized contraction and restricts blood flow, leading to pain and dysfunction. The injection introduces a local anesthetic, such as lidocaine, into the trigger point. This interrupts the pain cycle by inhibiting nerve signals and reducing muscle tension. In some cases, a corticosteroid may be added to reduce inflammation and enhance the therapeutic effect. This relaxes the muscle and restores normal function.
Benefits of Trigger Point Injections:
- Rapid relief from muscle pain and discomfort
- Improved range of motion and flexibility
- Alleviation of referred pain caused by trigger points
- Minimally invasive procedure with little downtime
- Avoidance or reduction of reliance on pain medications
- Potential to address underlying musculoskeletal issues
- Tailored treatment targeting specific trigger points for precise results
- Potential long-term relief with proper follow-up care
How Are Trigger Point Injections Administered?
During a trigger point injection, you will be comfortably positioned, and the targeted muscle area will be cleaned with an antiseptic solution. The healthcare provider will locate the precise trigger points by palpating the area. A thin needle will be inserted directly into the trigger point. You may feel a brief pinch or pressure during the injection. The healthcare provider will deliver the medication, typically a local anesthetic or a combination of anesthetic and corticosteroid.
The Recovery Process After Trigger Point Injections
After trigger point injections, it is common to experience mild soreness or bruising at the injection site. You may also feel temporary muscle weakness or numbness in the treated area. These side effects usually resolve within a few days. It is advisable to avoid strenuous activities for the first 24-48 hours to allow the medication to take effect. Most individuals can resume their regular activities immediately after the procedure. The full benefits typically become apparent within a few days, providing long-lasting pain relief.
When Can I Expect The Results?
The results of trigger point injections vary from person to person, but many individuals experience relief shortly after the procedure. You may notice improvements within a few days, with the full benefits becoming apparent in the following weeks. The results usually last for several weeks or months. However, individual responses can differ, and your healthcare provider will discuss your expected results based on your specific condition.
Schedule Your Consultation
Atlas Medical Center offers a comprehensive range of non-surgical regenerative therapies to promote healing. Our progressive approach prioritizes conservative therapies that help relieve pain and enhance mobility. By harnessing the body’s natural ability to repair itself, we provide effective and long-lasting results. With convenient locations in Irving and Fort Worth, scheduling a consultation with our experienced team is easy. Take the first step toward a pain-free and active life by contacting Atlas Medical Center.