If chronic pain is bothersome and hinders your quality of life, trigger point injections can ease pain so you can enjoy your favorite activities again. At Advanced Integrated Medical Centers in Southlake, Texas, Dr. Gary M. Randall and his team use medical massage and extra-spinal injections to alleviate trigger point spasm. Call to learn more or book your appointment online today.
A trigger point is a band of tightness, or “knot,” within muscle that when pressed produces a twitch-like response. These tight irritated areas form when muscle tissue doesn’t relax. You may be able to feel tight knots when you touch the affected area. Trigger points can cause pain in:
A trigger point causes pain near tight bands of affected muscle, or at distant sites. Trigger points commonly cause headaches or even migraines.
Trigger points are caused by various factors, including:
Complications that may arise from trigger points include sleep disturbances, chronic pain, and fibromyalgia in some people.
The experienced team of doctors at Advanced Integrated Medical Centers uses various holistic methods to treat pain caused by trigger points, including:
When medical intervention is necessary, your provider injects a small amount of anesthetic or steroid into trigger points to alleviate trigger point spasm. Doing so eases pain within and around the muscle.
Your provider uses medical massage to release tight trigger points to reduce pain. He applies pressure to affected areas to ease tension.
Your provider shows you which low-tech rehabilitation exercises strengthen and stretch areas near trigger points, improve posture, relieve tension, and ease pain.
Stretching also helps relieve tight bands of muscle that cause trigger point pain. Your provider shows you which stretching exercises work best based on the location of your trigger points.
Heat therapy also eases pain caused by trigger points. A medical expert at Advanced Integrated Medical Centers might apply heat to the affected area or show you how to use this natural remedy at home.
Inserting needles into trigger points alleviates tightness and pain associated with tight muscle bands.
Your provider may recommend ultrasound therapy, which uses ultrasound waves to increase warmth and blood circulation, to promote healing and ease trigger point pain.
When you’re ready to ease migraines or other chronic pain associated with trigger points, call Advanced Integrated Medical Centers to book an appointment or use the online scheduling tool.