Friday, July 25, 2014

Relieve Muscular Back Pain Trigger Point Injections

By Jerome Hoffman

What is a trigger point? Trigger points are focal areas of spasm and inflammation in skeletal muscle. The rhomboid and trapezius back muscles, located in the upper back and shoulder areas, are a common site of trigger points. Along with the upper spine, trigger points can also occur in the low back or less commonly in the extremities. Often there is a palpable nodule in the muscle where the trigger point is located. The area is tender, and regularly when pushed, pain radiates from the trigger point itself to an area around the trigger point. Trigger points typically accompany chronic musculoskeletal disorders such as fibromyalgia, myofascial pain syndrome, neck pain and lower back painThey may also accompany tension headache and temporomandibular pain. trauma or recurring minor injury can lead to the development of trigger points.

During the procedure, the patient lies down on his/her belly. A local anesthetic is used to numb the skin and the tissue down to the sacroiliac joint. The doctor will use touch and a fluoroscope to find the sacroiliac joint and then, carefully advancing the needle to the joint, inject the medicine. The needle is then removed and a small bandage is applied. The patient will remain in the surgery center for at least 30 minutes for observation after the procedure. If there are no adverse reactions (allergic reaction or leg numbness/weakness), the doctor will release the patient to go home.

Common questions regarding Trigger Point Injection:. What are the side effects associated with a Trigger Point injection? Am I a good candidate for this procedure? Is a Trigger Point injection better than using oral steroids or painkillers? How many Trigger Point injections will I need to get?

What to Do Afterward The procedure takes just a couple of minutes, after which you may be asked to stretch the muscle. You'll feel immediate relief of pain as a result of the local anesthetic. After the anesthetic wears off, you may feel some soreness. Trigger point injections can assist relieve pain for weeks or even months at a time.

To schedule an appointment for diagnostic or therapeutic injections, call SpineOne in Denver, CO. Our back specialists offer the most recent in non-invasive and minimally invasive techniques to resolve your back pain. We'll work very closely with you to customize a treatment plan that suits your unique needs.

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