It only takes one small trigger point to cause tremendous pain and potentially interfere with muscle movement. When your standard treatments fail to relieve the pain, Tiffany Zarcone, PT, DPT, and the team at Clifton Physical Therapy can provide quick relief with a trigger point injection. If you need to find a solution for your trigger point pain, call the office in Clifton, New Jersey, or request an appointment online today.
A trigger point is a tight, painful area in a muscle or in the connective tissues surrounding your muscles (fascia). You can feel the small knotted area, and you’ll experience pain when it’s touched. You may have one trigger point or several small trigger points along a band of muscles. A condition called myofascial pain syndrome develops when trigger points cause ongoing, persistent pain.
There are two types of trigger points:
Active trigger points are extremely sensitive to touch, but you can often feel the pain even when you’re resting. When you press on the knotted area, an automatic twitch response occurs in the muscle. This type of trigger point often causes pain in another part of your body.
A latent trigger point only feels painful when pressure is applied to the area. These trigger points are more likely to cause muscle weakness or stiffness that limits movement.
Trigger points develop when your muscle contracts repeatedly. For many patients, this type of muscle activity is caused by:
Staying inactive for a long time can also lead to trigger points.
The first line of treatment for a trigger point may include muscle relaxants, physical therapy to stretch the muscle, or therapeutic massage to help relieve the tension causing the trigger point. When traditional therapies fail to relieve your pain, you may benefit from a trigger point injection.
Trigger point injections contain a local anesthetic such as lidocaine. In some cases, your provider may also mix a corticosteroid with lidocaine. The anesthetic provides quick relief, while the steroid reduces inflammation and helps the muscle relax.
A trigger point injection only takes a few minutes. Your Clifton Physical Therapy provider isolates the knotted tissue, inserts the needle into the area, and injects the medication.
Don’t continue to suffer from trigger point pain; call Clifton Physical Therapy or request an appointment online today.