Muscle aches and pains follow many people throughout life. They can occur after exercise, during jobs that require strenuous lifting or repetitive movement, or even due to holding one position for too long.
Usually, you can treat muscle discomfort on your own with self-care, such as over-the-counter pain relievers, rest and ice or heat applied to the area, or massage. However, when pain is persistent despite your best attempts to alleviate it, you may be experiencing discomfort due to a trigger point — a sensitive, knotted area of muscle — instead of a simple muscle ache.
Because they understand the frustrations and limitations that trigger point pain can cause, Nythia Mathai, DNP, APRN, FNP-C, and her team at Lighthouse Medical Center offer treatment with trigger point injections to relieve pain quickly and effectively restore muscle function. Men and women in the Pompano Beach, Florida, area benefit from the team’s compassionate and comprehensive care as they find relief from pain.
If you haven’t found relief for your chronic pain and you’re seeking a more advanced, effective treatment, here are five benefits of trigger point injections to help you learn more about them.
1. The injection procedure is quick
Your provider at Lighthouse Medical Center administers your trigger point injections in one office visit that lasts only minutes. Also, because the procedure is minimally invasive, you don’t have to spend excessive time preparing or recovering.
You can schedule an appointment that fits in your busy schedule and then return to your day as usual. We recommend avoiding strenuous activity for a few days afterward, but otherwise, you have minimal limitations.
2. Trigger point injections provide effective treatment
At your appointment, you lie down in a comfortable position that provides access to your trigger point. In fact, the more relaxed you are, the easier it is to treat your muscle. Your provider then cleans the skin around your trigger point and inserts a needle, injecting a local anesthetic, a corticosteroid, or both.
The anesthetic provides pain relief, while a corticosteroid helps reduce inflammation. For some people, even just the needle’s presence in the muscle fibers can help break up the tension, and you notice less discomfort.
3. The injection can reduce pain throughout your body
While a trigger point may be located in just one isolated area of muscle, it often causes pain in different areas of your body. This is called referred pain, and you may not even realize that a trigger point in one part of your body is causing discomfort somewhere else.
At Lighthouse Medical Center, we carefully identify your trigger point. Patients have reported feeling better overall after treatment.
4. Trigger point injections treat a range of pain-related health issues
Trigger points can be caused by strenuous or repetitive motion, injury, or even stress, and they may lead to other health issues such as tension headaches. Trigger point injections can help. The injections also have shown great success in treating myofascial pain or fibromyalgia pain, and they can help you feel more comfortable throughout your body.
5. You notice improved daily functioning
Pain and discomfort can make it difficult for you to go about your daily life, especially if you experience reduced range of motion due to tense muscle fibers. When the deep ache leads to headaches or trouble sleeping, you may feel even more discouraged.
Fortunately, trigger point injections and the pain relief they provide can lead to better mobility, better sleep, and better overall wellness.
If you’re ready to find treatment for your tense, sensitive muscles, schedule an appointment with the team at Lighthouse Medical Center. Contact us online or by phone.