Trigger Point Treatment for Muscles Spasms and More
Are you suffering from painful muscle spasms? We provide trigger point injections for patients dealing with muscle spasms, chronic pain, fibromyalgia, headaches, and more. Trigger points are focal areas of spasms and inflammation in various areas of the skeletal muscle. We often treat patients dealing with back pain, neck pain, and shoulder pain. Using trigger point injections, we are able to manage pain symptoms by injecting some medication into the trigger point. Sometimes, no medication is needed as the needle alone can help to relieve pain.
How Trigger Point Injections Work
Approximately 23 million people have chronic disorders of the musculoskeletal system. Trigger points are discrete spots located within the skeletal muscle. These spots can cause referred pain and several other problems. Trigger points can be active or latent. When a trigger point is active, it can end up causing referred pain and pain when you are resting.
Latent trigger points can restrict movement and can lead to “twitches” of the muscle. In some cases, patients only recognize the trigger point pain when pressure is applied directly to the point. When we treat trigger points, we will focus on getting a twitching response from the muscle as it shows us the muscle fibers are tense and need to release. Dry needling and acupuncture are the best treatments used to implement a change of pressure on the trigger point.
What to Expect
When you visit our Salt Lake Medical Center, you can expect to discuss your pain symptoms and our physicians will suggest a variety of treatments. If you choose acupuncture or dry needling, we will have you lay on a table and relax the area while we prepare for insertion of the needle. The needle can be used to inject saline or corticosteroid into the muscle group. When we inject a solution into the trigger point, the pain is normally alleviated. The injections only take a few minutes, but some patients may need to come in for several rounds of treatments. Contact Salt Lake Medical Center for more information about trigger point injections.