Benefits of trigger point injections, Encinitas CA
Patients with chronic pain often seek out an experienced doctor to help diagnose the cause and help them find relief. Dr. Peter Lloyd of Seaside Rheumatology and Wellness Center in Encinitas, CA, has helped countless patients with muscle and joint pain find relief with both medical and natural therapies. Individuals who are experiencing what feels like knots of muscle, known as trigger sites, can find relief and benefit with trigger point injections.
What are trigger points?
Often occurring after trauma to the body, such as a car accident or sports injury, trigger points are targeted areas of spasm and inflammation in a muscle. They can also be caused by repetitive motion. Common areas for trigger points include the upper back and shoulder area, which causes pain in the neck or shoulder, and headaches. They are typically described as a knot in the muscle that simply will not relax, even with a massage.
How can trigger points be treated?
Often, doctors recommend treatment such as physical therapy, massage, medication, or acupuncture to patients experiencing this discomfort. However, trigger point injections are typically the most effective treatment. This injection uses a mixture of an anesthetic and steroid medication to stop the pain and relax the underlying muscle. The procedure usually involves several injections but is relatively painless and only takes several minutes.
Patients are likely to notice immediate relief from their trigger point pain. However, they may have temporary discomfort at the injection site but will still be able to participate in most of their daily activities. Strenuous activity is not encouraged. The benefit of trigger point injections can last for several weeks or several months. Most patients will need to have several treatments and combine injection treatment with other therapies such as exercise or physical therapy. Over time, patients will feel better longer after an injection.
If you are living with trigger point pain, call Seaside Rheumatology and Wellness Center today. Dr. Lloyd and the entire team are dedicated to helping you find relief from the pain so you can enjoy your daily activities once again with your friends and family. To schedule an appointment or for more information, call us today at 760-509-2429.