Do you have muscle pain that simply won’t quit?
Are chronic headaches making your everyday activities difficult?
Have you tried traditional over-the-counter pain relief medications, but find they don’t work?
If so, trigger point injection therapy may be the pain-relief answer you have been looking for.
At South Carolina’s Health Edge Group in North Charleston, we offer trigger point injections to help ease your pain and allow you to return to an active and pain-free life. To learn more, contact Health Edge Group today.
WHAT ARE TRIGGER POINTS?
Trigger Point Injection, or TPI, is typically used to treat painful muscle areas, areas which contain trigger points. These trigger points are knots of muscle that emerge when muscles cannot relax. Many people feel these knots under the skin. Trigger points often irritate surrounding nerves. That causes pain near the trigger points – and pain that often spreads to other parts of the body as well.
WHAT CAN I EXPECT DURING TRIGGER POINT THERAPY?
During TPIs, a Health Edge Group medical professional will insert a small needle into the trigger point that is causing you pain. These injections can have saline or a local anesthetic. After the injection, trigger points are essentially deactivated. When they shut down, your pain eases.
For most patients, a brief course of treatment leads to sustained relief. Injections take just a few minutes. In some cases, several trigger points may be injected during a single visit. If you are allergic to certain drugs, a dry-needle approach with no medications can be used – and they provide equally effective pain relief.
WHEN SHOULD I CONSIDER TRIGGER POINT INJECTIONS?
TPIs are used to treat various muscle groups, including those found in the:
- Lower back.
Trigger point therapy also can help those suffering from fibromyalgia and headaches caused by tension.
At Health Edge Group, we take the time to meet individually with patients, review their medical histories and determine if trigger point injections are the proper treatment.
TYPES OF PAIN AND TPIS
Chronic muscle pain usually appears after an injury to that muscle, such as a sprained ankle or knee. Muscle strains also can be treated with TPIs. Others may suffer from pain that develops slowly over time.
Many people turn to pain relievers, physical therapy, or a combination of the two, in their effort to reduce pain. But often, pain does not go away despite those best efforts. That is when trigger point injections should be considered for pain relief.
These injections temporarily numb and relax muscle areas where pain strikes. This treatment lets you stretch painful muscles and increases blood flow through the painful area. This helps reduce your pain.
Injections alone may not get rid of all your pain.
At Health Edge Group, we can help you design a fitness and stretching program that relieves pain and helps prevent pain flare-ups in the future.
But most patients tell us that trigger point injections offer them the relief they are looking for. Some patients may require several injections over time for the best results.
Here is some more information about TPIs and what to expect:
- Patients typically sit or lay down for injections, depending on where we determine the best injection site is located on your body.
- Antiseptic is applied to ensure safety and prevent unwanted infection.
- A small bandage will be applied on the injection site.
- For best results, patients should begin physical therapy or at-home exercises after TPI.
- Our staff at Health Edge Group will help you determine the best course of action for you.
Don’t let pain, whether it be chronic or from a recent injury, keep you from enjoying your life to the fullest.
To get back in the game and become free of pain, contact Health Edge Group today to schedule an appointment to determine if TPI can help you!