When one of your muscles has a small, painful knot that refers pain to another area, this is called a trigger point. These muscular knots can be as small as a pea or as big as a walnut. If you press on the knot, pain radiates to another part of the body, and the affected muscle will twitch or go into spasm. This type of pain can be relieved with simple trigger point injections
A trigger point injection consists of placing very precise injections of sarapin right into the trigger points. Sarapin is an extract of the pitcher plant, a plant growing in many parts of the United States and Canada. The plant has many other medical applications, such as treating constipation and urinary tract disorders. In this application, sarapin acts as an anti-inflammatory agent.
The injection causes the trigger point to relax, which restores blood flow and other fluids to the area. And of course, the pain caused by the trigger point is then gone. This relief can last for weeks, during which time we can assist you by implementing other medical treatment options to bring about long-term recovery.
Causes and Symptoms of Trigger Points
Trigger points can result from overuse, repetitive motion, disease, chronic stress, a blow to the area, or an impact injury such as a car accident.
- Tension headaches
- Neck or shoulder pain
- Arm or leg pain
- Low back pain
Drug-Free Trigger Point Treatment Options
Many doctors use drugs to treat trigger points, often recommending pain relievers, sleep aids, muscle relaxants, or botox injections. Many of these drugs can create dependence or unpleasant side effects. When you can get true relief without drugs, that’s a healthier and safer path.
At Priority Medical Group, every doctor and support staff’s entire purpose is to help you recover. We find the best and healthiest solutions to all types of problems with pain, weakness, or loss of functionality through constant research. We offer these solutions in a friendly and welcoming atmosphere in our Arizona clinics.
Please contact us if you are suffering from any kind of pain. We are a multidisciplinary clinic, which means we have many options available to help you, our patient, return to pain-free enjoyment of life with our trigger point injections in Arizona.
If you’ve suffered from chronic pain, you know how discouraging it can be. Chronic pain often leaves you with feelings of hopelessness and a sense that your symptoms may never subside, no matter what you do.Here at Priority Medical Group, our pain-management physicians understand the frustration that chronic pain patients are often faced with. That’s why we offer a myriad of effective, minimally-invasive treatments for you, including trigger point injections.
We like our patients to know the benefits of trigger point injections, as well as any possible side effects and risks, so that you can make an informed decision and discover if the treatment is the right solution for you.
Trigger points are painful
Trigger points are the central areas of your muscle spasms. They’re usually, but not always, situated in the upper back and shoulder regions, but can also be located in the lower back and less commonly in the hands and feet. Trigger points are tender and cause pain when touched or pushed.
What is a trigger point injection?
A trigger point injection is inserted directly into the trigger point. The medication used in the injection is a combination of a steroid and an anesthetic. The injection helps to alleviate any knots, soreness, and tenderness that you may be experiencing. We perform the treatment while you’re sitting or lying down. It takes only a couple of minutes and can be done during an outpatient visit in our office.
Pain management that’s convenient
The risk of complications from trigger point injections is incredibly low and fairly uncommon. Patients generally report feeling brief numbing or soreness at the injection point. This usually subsides within a few days and is easily treated with heat, ice, or over-the-counter painkillers, such as ibuprofen, acetaminophen, or naproxen sodium.
Is a trigger point injection right for me?
If you’re experiencing chronic pain and are looking for a noninvasive outpatient procedure, you may want to consider trigger point injections. With over 40 years of combined experience, our doctors understand that making a decision about your treatment options when it comes to chronic pain is not an easy process. That’s why our team takes the time to discuss your individual needs and unique requirements to formulate a treatment plan that benefits you and eases your pain.
Chronic pain doesn’t have to control your life. To make an appointment, call one of our offices in Tempe or Tucson, Arizona.