Trigger Point Injections

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A trigger point is an area of muscle that is stuck in spasm. This often causes radiating pain that reaches much farther than just the local area affected. Sometimes, what patients think is sciatica or carpal tunnel is really a trigger point in nearby muscles.

Most trigger points are addressed with dry needling; however, particularly stubborn ones require lidocaine injections. A numbing agent like lidocaine helps break the spasm cycle, while the needle-stick itself induces a micro-injury that the body will begin healing. This healing process is what takes care of the trigger point.

While a trigger point injection for muscle pain relief is less comfortable than dry needling, the process is generally well-tolerated. In more sensitive areas, cold spray is used to numb the skin prior to the injection. Patients often will feel a temporary twinge of pain during the injection that mimics their symptoms. This twinge is a good indicator that the correct muscle is being injected, and the treatment will have a high probability of relieving the pain.

If you’re in need of muscle pain relief in Chapel Hill NC, you could benefit from a trigger point injection given by a qualified osteopathic physician today!

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