You live in your body every day and know it better than anyone else. When something is off, you know. But what you may not know is why something feels off in your body. As anyone with chronic pain knows, there are many, many causes of discomfort. One of those reasons may be trigger points. Generally formed in the neck and shoulder area, trigger points can lead to headaches, myofascial pain, and more. An injection is one way to relax them. Dr. Enrique Umpierre-Schuck from Central Florida Pain and Rehab Clinic hopes to provide you with some relief with trigger point injection services in Winter Park, FL.
What are trigger points?
Trigger points may develop within a muscle when it can't fully relax. They are what people refer to as 'knots' in the muscles. Trigger points are focal spots in a band of muscle that is really tight. When these knots develop, they can cause significant pain either locally or can cause symptoms in a referred pain pattern. Referred pain means that you feel pain in another spot of your body rather than the location of the cause of the pain. A common example of this is when the left arm hurts when someone has a heart attack.
What are the symptoms of trigger points?
The symptoms that can be caused by trigger points depend entirely on their location. Trigger point injection in Winter Park, FL will treat the direct source of the pain. Trigger points in the neck, shoulders, and upper back may cause:
- Localized neck pain
- Decreased range of motion in the neck, mainly difficulty turning the head side-to-side
- Feelings of tingling and/or numbness
- Jaw pain
- A fixed tilt of the neck
Less commonly, a trigger point develops in a muscle in your lower back or glutes, and may cause the following symptoms:
- Low back pain
- Pain on the outside of the thigh
- Sciatica symptoms
- Pain in the groin or buttock
What are trigger point injections and how can they help me?
There are multiple ways to treat these terrible little knots. One very effective method is using trigger point injections. These injections consist of part anesthetic and part steroid and are administered directly into the trigger points. Immediately following the injection, you will be able to actively use the muscles, but strenuous activity should be avoided for a day or two. The pain relief can be felt instantly, allowing you to get on with your life. Another benefit of trigger point injections is that they do not interfere and may even boost the effects of other therapies you may be exploring to treat your trigger points.
Get relief today! For inquiries about our trigger point injection services in Winter Park, FL, schedule a consultation with Dr. Umpierre-Schuck at Central Florida Pain and Rehab Clinic. Call us at (407) 673-9533.