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Trigger Point Injections

About Trigger Points

Our muscles contract and relax as we move. When a muscle fails to relax completely, a tight band of muscle fibers can spasm and form a trigger point. These can often be felt as knots under the skin.

Trigger points form only in the muscles. They may irritate the nerves around them and cause referred pain (in other areas of the body).

What Causes Trigger Points?

Painful knots (trigger points) form in the muscles when the muscles are overloaded, either through exertion, overuse, biomechanical factors, muscle trauma, referred pain, or poor posture.

Factors that predispose the muscles to overload include:

  • Muscle tension (which can be caused by emotional stress)
  • Abnormalities in the skeletal structure
  • Metabolic disorders (such as hypoglycemia or hypothyroidism)
  • Nutritional deficiencies
  • Chronic bacterial infections
  • Viral diseases

What Conditions Are Treated with Trigger Point Injections?

Many patients have nodules in the muscles that can be felt with the hands where trigger points are located. There is often tenderness and pain that radiates from the trigger point with pressure.

Many patients with trigger points have chronic musculoskeletal disorders for which soft tissue injections can provide relief, including:

  • Fibromyalgia (a chronic condition that causes pain, tenderness, and stiffness in the muscles, joints, and tendons)
  • Myofascial pain (a chronic pain disorder in which trigger points cause referred pain (pain occurring in seemingly unrelated parts of the body)
  • Temporomandibular pain (pain in the joint that connects the jaw to the skull)
  • Acute trauma
  • Neck pain
  • Low back pain

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