Do you have a painful knot in a muscle that never seems to go away? A trigger point injection offered by Dr. Enrique Umpierre-Schuck and Central Florida Pain and Rehab Clinic in Winter Park, FL, may relieve your pain.
How do trigger points cause pain?
Stress, muscle strains, poor posture, or constantly contracting your muscles when exercising can cause hard, painful nodules, or knots. Unfortunately, these knots, called trigger points, remain hard and tight even when you relax. Although massaging the muscle can be temporarily helpful, a massage alone won't completely loosen the tight fibers in your muscles.
Over time, these areas can become extremely painful and irritated. Pain may also travel to other areas of the body and cause headaches, particularly if the knots are in your neck or shoulders.
When should I visit my Winter Park pain management doctor?
A trigger point may sound like a minor issue, but the knots can cause considerable pain, affect your range of motion and even lead to sleep issues. If ice, over-the-counter pain medication, or massage therapy don't improve your symptoms, it's time to make an appointment for a trigger point injection.
How do trigger point injections work?
During trigger point treatment, your doctor injects a local anesthetic or a corticosteroid/anesthetic combination into the knot. The injections deactivate the trigger point, which helps the muscle relax. They also decrease inflammation and improve blood flow to the area, promoting healing. The entire trigger point injection process is complete in just a few minutes and can be performed on multiple areas if needed.
In addition to treating trigger points, trigger point injections may also be used to treat fibromyalgia, myofascial pain syndrome, chronic pelvic pain syndrome, and chronic headaches.
Before you receive the injection, a numbing agent may be applied to your skin to make the treatment more comfortable. You may notice a little soreness immediately after the injection, although this will only last for a few days.
Need relief? Give us a call
Decrease your pain with trigger point injections. Call Dr. Umpierre-Schuck of Central Florida Pain and Rehab in Winter Park, FL, today by dialing (407) 673-9533 to schedule your appointment.