What is a Trigger Point Injection? What are its Benefits?
A trigger point is an area within the muscle that contracts sending pain to other parts of the body. For example, referral pain in the neck may be the result of a trigger point in the back. The neck may then cause a headache, as a satellite trigger point. The pain may either be acute, or a dull ache. Trigger point injections are a procedure to alleviate pain caused by the contractions of trigger points where physical knots have formed in the muscle tissue. These knots are most often palpable. Since these trigger points are the cause of great pain and dysfunction, the injections deactivate the trigger points and provide instantaneous relief from the pain. They are most apropos where the trigger points are chronic and severe. Otherwise, during the earlier stages of development of trigger points, physical therapy is a successful treatment modality.
When Are Trigger Point Injections used?
Trigger point injections are most commonly used to treat tension headaches; neck and shoulder pain; temporomandibular joint disorders; low back pain; decreased range of motion in the legs; and other forms of chronic pain. They may also be administered in cases of fibromyalgia and myofascial pain syndrome. The most poignant benefit of a trigger point injection is the instantaneous release from the pain which has long term lasting effects. They contain medication that is devised to break the pain cycle, and by reducing inflammation, allowing the patient more flexibility in order to be able to participate in physical therapy for a comprehensive recovery process. As a result, the affected muscles become relaxed, allowing the circulation to flow and bolster healing. Advanced regenerative procedures may also be recommended for further benefits with longevity. There are other complimentary modalities available as well.
Louisiana Pain Specialists
The physicians at Louisiana Pain Specialists are dedicated to practicing pain medicine in a responsible manner that brings relief to those that are suffering, recognizing that an accurate diagnosis is crucial in order to alleviate the pain. If you have chronic pain that is interfering with your daily activities, Louisiana Pain Specialists serves the Metro New Orleans area at five different locations: in Kenner at 231 West Esplanade Avenue, Suite B; in Metairie at 3434 Houma Boulevard, Suite 301; in New Orleans at 3439 Prytania Street, Suite 501; in New Orleans East at 5621 Read Boulevard; and in Marrero at 4520 Wichers Drive, Suite 205. While we participate in most insurance plans, our insurance specialist will confirm your coverage prior to attending your appointment. To make an appointment to learn how our physicians can alleviate your chronic pain, call (504) 267-1185. An appointment is required at all 5 locations, so join us at a location near you!
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