Trigger Point Injections

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Valiant Life Medical

Alternative Medicine & Integrative Health Care located in Fort Worth, TX

Painful muscle knots, or trigger points, can dramatically affect your overall quality of life. The integrated medical team of highly-skilled physicians, chiropractors, and physical therapists at Valiant Life Medical provide trigger point injections at their location in Fort Worth, Texas. If you suffer from painful trigger points, call or book an appointment online today for immediate relief with trigger point injections.

Trigger Point Injections Q & A

What is a trigger point?

Trigger points are sensitive knots in your muscle that you can feel through your skin. These areas of spasm form when a muscle can’t relax. Trigger points often result from an injury or poor posture.  You can develop a trigger point in any muscle, but they’re especially common in your upper back, neck, lower back, and buttocks. 

When you press on a trigger point in one part of your body, you may feel local sensitivity as well as pain that radiates to other areas. Trigger points can also cause symptoms like headaches, jaw pain, and low back pain. 

What is a trigger point injection?

Trigger point injections use numbing medication to soothe muscles that contain trigger points. Most trigger point injections deliver a small amount of anesthetic to relieve pain and a  nonsteroidal medication to reduce inflammation. 

Sometimes, inserting a needle without injecting any medication is enough to relieve the muscle spasm and break up the trigger point. This technique is called dry needling.   

What conditions do trigger point injections treat?

Trigger point injections are a simple and effective treatment for a wide range of problems. The team at Valiant Life Medical may recommend trigger point injections if you have one or more of the following conditions:

  • Low back pain
  • Neck pain
  • Fibromyalgia pain
  • Temporomandibular joint (TMJ) pain
  • Tension headaches
  • Back spasms

You may also benefit from trigger point injections if you have pain or reduced range of motion in your arms or legs. 

What should I expect from trigger point injection therapy?

First, your Valiant Life Medical doctor evaluates your overall condition and reviews your medical history to make sure you’re a good candidate for trigger point injections. If so, they may use trigger point injections on their own or in combination with another treatment, like a myofascial release massage or physical therapy. 

A trigger point injection is a quick and easy procedure that happens right in the office at Valiant Life Medical. Your doctor feels your skin to locate the trigger point and then cleans the area. You may feel a slight pinch during the injection. 

Afterward, you should notice pain relief right away. You can resume most normal activities but should avoid strenuous exercise for a few days after your trigger point injection. 

Call Valiant Life Medical or book an appointment online today to learn more about trigger point injections.