Trigger points are isolated areas of muscle that are knotted and tense. People with the condition may experience chronic discomfort when pressure is applied, or when the muscle is used for sports or daily activities. Central Florida Pain Management offers trigger point injections to relieve the chronic pain experienced by residents of Ocala, The Villages, and the nearby areas of central Florida.
What Are Trigger Point Injections?
Trigger point injections are typically recommended for myofascial pain that originates from a knot in a muscle. A person may feel the muscle strain during use, a tearing sensation, or significant ache when trigger points are present. The injections help reduce pain and relax the muscles.
What Are the Benefits of Trigger Point Injections?
Trigger points are an indication that your muscle is chronically tense, and this can cause various types of chronic pain. You may not be able to use the muscle due to the condition. Trigger point injections relieve your pain and help the muscle to relax when other interventions, such as physical therapy, have not produced the desired benefits.
Am I a Candidate for Trigger Point Injections Near Me?
Many people can locate trigger points on their bodies. The muscle feels tight, and you may feel a lump or bump along the muscle tissue. Minor spasms, tenderness, and referred pain commonly occur with trigger points. Other conditions, such as fibromyalgia, will cause similar muscular symptoms, so you should be evaluated at our practice.
How Are Trigger Point Injections Performed?
Trigger point injections for the neck and other areas of the body are straightforward procedures. We numb the area where we will be performing the injection. X-ray technology is used for a “live image” to guide the needle to the appropriate area of the muscle knot. Medication is injected into the muscle tissue.
What is Recovery Like After Trigger Point Injections?
Expect the medication to take some time to release the trigger point. If you have any history of allergies with certain medications, we may opt for a “dry needle” technique that releases the trigger point without delivering medications into the tissues.
What is the Prognosis After Trigger Point Injections?
Trigger points are normally signs that you have overworked a muscle. You may need to give the muscle time to heal before partaking of your favorite activities. By doing so, you reduce the risk of developing other trigger points.
Living an active lifestyle in Ocala, The Villages, and other areas of central Florida means that your muscles may be strained and overused. This can lead to trigger points. If you suspect that you have a trigger point, contact us to schedule a consultation with Melissa Alvarez-Perez, M.D.