Trigger Point Injections

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Artius Integrative Medicine

Integrative Medicine & Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine located in Great Falls, VA

If you have terrible back pain, it may be caused by tender points in your muscles known as trigger points. The expert team at Artius Integrative Medicine in Great Falls, Virginia, provides custom treatment plans to help alleviate your pain and restore your quality of life. Call the office to learn more about trigger-point injections or use the online scheduling option to book now.

Trigger Point Injections Q & A

What are trigger points?

In short, trigger points are sore and painful knots in your muscles. They occur when a muscle is stressed or overworked. Common locations for trigger points are your shoulders, neck, arms, legs, calves, thighs, and back.

There are two types of trigger points:

  • Active: causes steady pain
  • Latent: sensitive when touched or disturbed

Without treatment, trigger points can be the source of constant pain and tenderness. The compassionate team at Artius Integrative Medicine can help.

What are trigger-point injections?

To relieve the discomfort, tenderness, and pain in your trigger points, you can get trigger-point injections. Typically, the injections target your trigger points with a blend of saline, corticosteroids, and anesthetics, which relax muscle spasms and block your pain. Your provider customizes a blend that addresses your unique needs and the precise location of your pain.  

What conditions do trigger-point injections treat?

The team at Artius Integrative Medicine recommends trigger-point injections for:

  • Neck pain
  • Shoulder pain
  • Arthritis
  • Tension headaches
  • TMJ
  • Myofascial pain
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Back pain

Without trigger-point injections, your muscle spasms can refer and radiate pain to other parts of your body.

What can I expect from trigger-point injections?

Your Artius practitioner manipulates your muscles to find the exact location of your trigger point and then uses an ultrathin needle, gently pressed under your skin’s surface, to dispense the healing solution.

You can recline on a table in your private room or sit in a chair to get your injection. The whole process takes about five minutes, and you’ll be back on your way to your regular activities.

Do trigger-point injections hurt?

You may feel a slight pinch from the injection, but it’s mild and is not a problem for most men and women. For a day or two after your trigger-point injection, you may be sore or bruised, but the bruising is temporary and will go away on its own.

Any possible fleeting discomfort pales in comparison to the immediate relief you’ll get from your persistent pain.

To see if you’re a candidate for trigger-point injections, set up a consultation at Artius Integrative Medicine or use the online scheduling feature to book now.