Pain is a signal your body uses to tell you something is wrong. However, identifying the source and cause of your pain isn’t always easy, especially if your pain is chronic. Tight muscle knots, called trigger points, often cause pain that radiates to other areas of your body. At Scott Wagner Integrated Medicine in Charlottesville, Virginia, the compassionate team provides trigger point injections to alleviate your radiating pain. To learn more about trigger point injections, call the office or book an appointment online today.
Trigger points are painful muscle knots that develop in taut bands of skeletal muscle. When pressed, trigger points may cause discomfort, and radiating pain that travels to other seemingly unrelated areas of your body. The trigger point may also cause muscle weakness or spasms.
It’s not completely clear what causes trigger points to develop, but doctors theorize that the contracted knots of muscle may occur after an injury or from repetitive use. Factors that may increase your risk of developing a trigger point include:
Trigger points may develop in any area of the body, including the back and legs.
Most patients with trigger points complain of chronic pain conditions such as headaches, all over body aches, or morning stiffness that may seem unrelated to their muscle knot.
Other trigger point symptoms include:
If you’re suffering from a pain condition and traditional treatments fail to alleviate your symptoms, contact Scott Wagner Integrated Medicine to schedule an evaluation.
During your exam, your provider at Scott Wagner Integrated Medicine asks detailed questions about your symptoms and medical history. To find the trigger points responsible for your symptoms, your provider may press on certain muscle groups when performing your physical.
The team at Scott Wagner Integrated Medicine provides trigger point injections to treat trigger points. During the procedure, your medical provider injects either an anesthetic or saline solution directly into your trigger point using ultrasound-guided imagery. The injection inactivates the irritated muscle knot and provides instant relief.
The team at Scott Wagner Integrated Medicine determines the number of trigger point injections you need based on the number of trigger points found during your initial consultation. However, your medical provider may perform multiple trigger point injections in one visit.
For long-term pain relief, the team may recommend a series of trigger point injections, as well as chiropractic care, physical rehabilitation, or intravenous (IV) therapy.
To schedule your trigger point injection consultation, contact Scott Wagner Integrated Medicine by phone or online today.