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Trigger Point Injections Specialist

BBC Health

Family Medicine & Chiropractic located in Lewisville, TX

Trigger point pain can be intense, disrupting daily activities as well as causing problems with sleep. The team at BBC Health in Lewisville, Texas, provide trigger point injections (TPIs) to patients for the relief they need. Trigger point injections offer a fast solution for pain relief and help you remain pain-free in the long-term. To learn more about trigger point injections, call the office or schedule an appointment.

Trigger Point Injections Q & A

What are trigger points?

Trigger points are localized, tender areas of muscle that feel like small knobs or knots. They often occur as a result of repetitive use, postural issues, or other types of strain that cause muscles to become extremely tight. Although they occur in specific areas of muscle tissue, trigger points can cause symptoms to develop in other areas, with pain radiating outward and causing significant debility.

What symptoms do trigger points cause?

Trigger points can cause pain at the site of the muscle knot as well as pain and discomfort that radiates to other areas of the body. Some common symptoms include:

  • Discomfort, tenderness or burning sensations when pressure is applied to the trigger point
  • Radiating pain, tenderness, numbness or burning sensations
  • Muscle cramping or spasms
  • Chronic headaches or neck pain
  • Stiffness or reduced range of motion in the muscle or areas served by the muscle

Trigger points in the neck and upper back regions are a common cause of chronic headaches.

How do trigger point injections work?

During treatment, a very fine needle is injected into the trigger point and a special anesthetic solution is injected to provide pain relief by inactivating pain receptors. In some cases, steroids may also be included in the injected solution to help relieve inflammation in the area.

Injections take just a few minutes and multiple sites may be injected in a single treatment session. Many patients experience relief with a single treatment, but others may need additional injections to provide long-term sustained relief.

Where can trigger point injections be used?

TPIs are often used to treat trigger points in the arms, legs, back, and neck, and to treat chronic headaches caused by muscle tension. They can also be used to treat the painful symptoms associated with fibromyalgia and for pain that develops in the myofascial tissue surrounding muscle, especially when other treatments are ineffective.

To learn more about the benefits of TPIs, call the office or schedule an appointment.