When an area of the muscle cannot relax—resulting in painful knots in the surrounding area—this is known as a trigger point. This condition not only causes tension in the immediate area, but can also cause referred pain in other parts of the body. Because many doctors are not familiar with trigger points, this can go undiagnosed, causing years of pain. Fortunately, the health professionals at Riverside Spine & Physical Medicine are not only used to diagnosing this condition, but they also offer an effective treatment method to address the trigger point and alleviate pain.
With trigger point injection therapy, our doctor will inject a local anesthetic into the affected area to render the trigger point inactive. This procedure takes only a few minutes, but can deliver long-term pain relief. For patients who are allergic to medication, a dry needle may be use to stop the trigger point.
Trigger point injections can be used to treat muscle tension in the back, neck, arms and legs. In some cases, this method may also be used to treat tension headaches and fibromyalgia. In addition to injection therapy, we also offer massage therapy to address trigger point pain. If you are experiencing muscle pain but don’t know the cause, our doctors can help you determine if trigger points are to blame—and then treat the condition accordingly.