If you’re suffering from trigger point pain as the result of fibromyalgia or an injury or muscle strain, the radiating body pain and discomfort can significantly decrease your quality of life. Jay Bender, MD, of Bender Orthopaedics & Spine Specialist in Roswell, Georgia, is a pain management specialist experienced in providing trigger point injections to relieve your pain. Call or make an appointment online today to start getting the relief you need.
Trigger points are “knots” of inflamed tissue in the muscle. They generally hurt to the touch, and you can usually feel them below your skin, like a small hard ball. Trigger points cause pain not only in the location of the knot, but also in the surrounding area, especially along the length of the muscle emanating from the trigger point.
Most often located in the upper back and shoulders, trigger points may cause pain in the neck and shoulder, as well as headaches. In some instances, trigger points might occur in the lower back, arms and legs. Trigger points may also accompany fibromyalgia.
In a trigger point injection, Dr. Bender injects anesthetic such as lidocaine, a corticosteroid like cortisone, or sometimes a mixture of both, directly into the trigger point (knot). The medication stops you from feeling the pain both in the knot and emanating from it.
The trigger point will begin to break down after the injection in some cases and you’ll remain pain-free after the medication wears off. However, when a skeletal issue is causing the formation of trigger points, while the injection provides temporary relief, it can’t prevent another trigger point from forming. In those cases, as well as in the case of fibromyalgia, Dr. Bender uses trigger point injections as part of an ongoing pain management program.
Although there is no known cure for fibromyalgia, trigger point injections have been shown to help relieve the condition’s painful symptoms.
People with fibromyalgia have very specific trigger points, sometimes referred to as “tender points,” which cause pain in the joints, muscles, and tendons in the area. Dr. Bender uses trigger point injections with anesthetic, usually in the shoulders or buttocks, or directly into the related tender point, to significantly alleviate your painful fibromyalgia symptoms.
Trigger point injections are a safe way to alleviate targeted pain resulting from injury, overuse, or other stressors, as well as an important part of an ongoing plan for managing chronic pain. Call Bender Orthopaedics & Spine Specialist or use online booking to schedule an appointment with Dr. Bender today.