Trigger Point Injections

Myofascial Pain Syndrome is a disorder of the muscles that is both more common than you may think as well as more painful than you may think. It is distinguished by what are called myofascial trigger points. By the way, myofascial is a medical term denoting an area of muscle tissue and it’s surrounding connective tissue. Sometimes myofascial pain syndrome is confused with a similar condition called fibromyalgia syndrome, but they are two different things. The latter typically involves widespread pain and discomfort whereas the former involves a more concentrated area (or areas) of pain (or trigger points). These trigger points result in focused and repeating pain that typically occur alongside musculoskeletal discomfort. There are a few different treatments designed to alleviate and sometimes altogether cure these trigger points - such as manipulative therapy, ultrasound, stretch, and spray techniques - but the most common method is simply and appropriately called trigger point injections. They are an extremely compelling way to treat myofascial pain syndrome and almost always yield wonderful results. The injections are designed to literally shut off the trigger points and reveal quick results. Now, not everybody who suffers from myofascial pain syndrome should jump straight to trigger point injections. In many cases, a person’s trigger points will react splendidly to some of the other forms of treatment that were mentioned above, including physical therapy. Physical therapy can often work wonders if the trigger points are addressed soon enough, in the very early stages of their development. But certainly for severe and/or chronic trigger point pain, the injections are almost always the solution.

How does someone know they need trigger point injections?

The obvious answer to this question is that you feel continual discomfort, you see a physician, and they diagnose you with myofascial pain syndrome. Remember that there is such a thing as a latent trigger point diagnosis, in which case the person would likely not need any kind of treatment whatsoever. Also remember that trigger point injections are typically only appropriate and effective when the trigger points themselves are small in number and somewhat concentrated. If a person has widespread trigger points resulted in pain all over, this is more than likely fibromyalgia syndrome (or possibly some kind of endocrine disorder) which would require alternate treatment methods not discussed in this article. If you are either currently in the process of self-diagnosing yourself or getting a professional diagnosis from a medial professional, please note that what’s called a local twitch response from a taut band is not necessarily imperative in order to be offi- cially diagnosed as someone with true trigger points. Most of the time, what’s known as finding a jump sign from a tender point is all that is necessary to make such a diagnosis.

A few other things important aspects of being treated with trigger point injections include the following:

-don’t undergo an injection if a local or systemic infection is present, in particular bleeding disorders. In the same vein, if you are currently taking some kind of anticoagulant or blood thinner, definitely consult your doctor before going through with a trigger point injection. Even though the harmful bleeding risk is low with this particular procedure, a person with any of the above-mentioned physical characteristics or habits should be cautious.

-Of course if you are ill or otherwise diseased in any way, it’s likely that a trigger point injections may not be good for you at this time.

-Pregnant women should also avoid this procedure.

-People who’s infection risk is high should consult a doctor before

-People with diabetes should consult a doctor before

-People on steroids should consult a doctor before