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Are trigger points to blame for your pain? Encinitas, CA specialist resolves symptoms with injection treatment

Trigger points may be to blame for all sorts of debilitating symptoms, from persistent pain and decreased mobility, to tension headaches and ringing in the ears. These “hyperirritable” spots located within a taut band of skeletal muscles often accompany chronic musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs). As a specialist in diagnosing and managing MSDs and autoimmune conditions that affect the muscles, joints, and bones, Board-Certified Rheumatologist Dr. Peter Lloyd may recommend treatment with trigger point injections for muscle pain in Encinitas CA at the Seaside Rheumatology and Wellness Center.

Trigger Point Injection for Muscle Pain in Encinitas area


If you are an appropriate candidate for trigger point injection treatment, Dr. Lloyd may feel these points when palpating or examining affected areas by touch. These points manifest as hypersensitive nodules of muscle fiber that are uncharacteristically firm. Touching these areas can elicit a pain response, which may be localized, or the trigger point may produce radiating discomfort, and local twitching. Combined with other findings, such as information from your clinical history and during discussions with you, Dr. Lloyd may determine trigger point injections would make a positive difference in your quality of life.


The trigger point injection procedure represents one of the ways to inactivate these sources of pain. Acute-stage trigger points (before pathologic changes occur) may be treated effectively with physical therapy. Manual therapy “trains” you to self-manage pain and dysfunction. Patients with symptomatic active trigger points that produce referred pain or twitching, may be candidates for treatment with injections of anesthetic solutions such as lidocaine or corticosteroids.


Dr. Lloyd discusses contraindications with you before moving forward with treatment; for example, injections aren’t appropriate for individuals with bleeding disorders, and patients shouldn’t use aspirin for at least three days before the procedure.


After the treatment site is cleansed, Dr. Lloyd isolates the trigger point comfortably. Using a sterile technique, the needle is inserted at an angle to the skin. Pressure is applied on either side of the site, which ensures adequate tension of muscle fibers, allows penetration into the trigger point, and helps to minimize risks such as bleeding in subcutaneous tissues and associated irritation.

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Dr. Lloyd massages the area, to check for lingering trigger points, twitching, and pain. If additional trigger points are identified, they’re also isolated and injected. After pressure is applied, a bandage covers the treatment area. Re-evaluation may be necessary, but reinjection isn’t recommended until after post-treatment soreness has resolved.

Remaining active and stretching your muscles heightens the positive outcomes you get from treatment. But Dr. Lloyd may advise that you avoid strenuous physical exercise for the first three to four days post-injection.

You deserve relief from the pain of trigger points. Call Seaside Rheumatology and Wellness Center at 760-509-2429 to schedule your appointment with Dr. Lloyd at the Encinitas CA office.

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Dr. Peter Lloyd

Dr. Peter Lloyd

Dr. Peter Lloyd is a board-certified rheumatologist with exceptional expertise in the diagnosis and treatment of rheumatoid arthritis, psoriatic arthritis, and other rheumatologic diseases. He earned his medical degree at the University of Vermont College of Medicine. He completed his internal medicine residency at the University of Chicago. He completed his rheumatology fellowship training at the prestigious David Geffen School of Medicine, UCLA. At his facility Seaside Rheumatology, he treats his patients using the latest technology and medical developments. Due to his impeccable academic records, modern approach to treatments and compassionate patient care, he is valued as one of the best rheumatologists in the Rheumatology field.

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I have been seeing Dr. Lloyd for about a year now. He has a kind demeanor and great sense of humor. Even on my bad days, it’s a pleasure going to appointments. His knowledge of the human condition is vast and impressive. He knows how to effectively ease discomfort with an ability to make you feel comfortable in moments of vulnerability. In his care, my pain and suffering is significantly diminished. I am grateful and appreciative of him and the help he has given me since the day I walked into his practice. I highly recommend Dr. Lloyd as a professional and as a doctor of Rheumatology. Shawnie D. BY Shawnie D.
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