Trigger Point Injections Specialist in OKC, OK
Trigger points are painful knots in your muscles that can cause myofascial pain, particularly in your neck, shoulders, arms, legs, and lower back. These symptoms can be alleviated with a trigger point injection. Visit Advanced Pain Management in Oklahoma City, OK, where our professionals have extensive experience using trigger point injections to treat chronic pain. We are conveniently located at 5252 N Meridian Suite 101, Oklahoma City, OK 73112. For more information, please call us or schedule an appointment online.
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The musculoskeletal system is one of the most common bodily systems to experience pain, including pain in the joints, muscles, tendons, and ligaments. These injuries are often seen as strains (pulled or stretched muscle or tendon) and sprains (pulled or stretched ligament). Fasciae, the sheaths of fibrous tissue that surround muscles, can also be affected by pain, and are often recognized as trigger points.
Trigger points are hypersensitive bands of taut tissue that develop as a result of muscular injuries, strains, and trauma. Tiny tears in the associated soft tissue can occur when the fascia, muscle fibers, tendons, or ligaments become inflamed, overstretched, or weakened. The tissue contracts as it heals, becoming knotted and twisted. The fresh blood supply needed by the muscle cells is restricted from these knotted fibers. In addition, to protect itself from further injury, there is often a shortening of the muscle fiber. Any one of the 200 paired muscles (400 total) can develop one or more trigger points.
A trigger point injection is an injectable medication indicated to soothe muscle pain, especially in the arms, legs, lower back, and neck. Also known as TPIs, trigger point injections can also be used to treat myofascial pain, fibromyalgia, and tension headaches. These injections are specifically designed to relieve pain and soreness from muscle knots known as trigger points. Injecting a small amount of anesthetic and a steroid into the trigger point can help alleviate the pain and restore function and range of motion.
Trigger point injections can be administered in a doctor’s office and typically take around only 10-15 minutes to perform. Each person responds differently to trigger point injections; results can drastically differ from one patient to the next.
On average, steroid injections typically work within two weeks of administration; trigger point injections containing an anesthetic usually work within a few hours. In some cases, trigger point injections may provide no relief; there could be several reasons for this. In many cases, however, after one injection, a trigger point typically resolves. Trigger points that arise due to chronic conditions keep recurring, including those related to fibromyalgia and myofascial pain syndrome. As these are chronic conditions, trigger point injections need to be given frequently in order to maintain pain relief. The type of medicine in the injection determines how frequently one can receive trigger point injections. If only anesthetics are injected, then the injections can be taken at intervals of one month; if the injection contains steroid medications, it cannot be administered as frequently due to the possible risk of complications. Although steroid injections cannot be administered as frequently, the results of a steroid trigger point injection can last from several weeks to several months.
Trigger point injections are considered safe and effective and can provide a world of relief for some patients. However, trigger point injections work better in some people than in others; certain individuals or conditions may not respond well to these treatments. Relief can last for weeks or even months, and some people need to have a few trigger point injections to feel relief. To find out how often you can safely receive trigger point injections, talk to a pain management doctor. If the injections do not provide relief, we will help determine the source of your pain and consider various treatment options. Advanced Pain Management offers trigger point injections for pain relief. Call us today to book an appointment to meet with our trigger point injection specialist, or visit our clinic conveniently located at 5252 N Meridian Ave Suite 101, Oklahoma City, OK 73112. We serve patients from Oklahoma City OK, Valley Brook OK, Del City OK, Midwest City OK, Nichols Hills OK, Moore OK, and Smith Village OK. We look forward to serving you!