Trigger Point Injection Specialist
If you experience muscle pain, you’re probably no stranger to the tight, sensitive knots you get after strenuous activity. At Paragon Physical Medicine, Dr. Bryce Chaffee provides trigger point injections to deactivate those knots and relieve your pain. If pain from trigger points radiate down your neck, over your shoulders, into your back, or down your legs, you may be the perfect candidate for trigger point injections. Contact the Wooster, Ohio clinic online or over the phone for an appointment to see if the injections might benefit you.
Trigger Point Injection Q & A
What are trigger points?
Trigger points are tender spots in the muscle or fascia tissue that hurt when you press on them. The tenders spots consist of tight knots of contracted muscle that don’t relax, and many times Dr. Chaffee can feel a lump on the spot.
Trigger points are either active or latent:
- Active: trigger points that cause tenderness, even at rest
- Latent: inactive, painless trigger points that still cause decreased range of motion
Sometimes the pain from the nodules radiates outward, creating a broader area of referred pain or satellite trigger points. They can also lead to tension headaches, TMJ pain, and decreased mobility.
What are trigger point injections?
Trigger point injections consist of a nerve block, such as lidocaine, injected into these tender spots. The nerve block eliminates the muscle contraction that causes the knot.
These injections create immediate relief, but they may cause soreness at the injection site. As the soreness wears off, you should also feel relief at the active trigger point. Most people only need a single injection to deactivate the trigger point for good.
Which conditions do trigger point injections help with?
Trigger point injections help relieve the discomfort associated with:
- Neck pain
- Shoulder pain
- TMJ pain
- Low back pain
- Tension headaches
- Myofascial pain syndrome
How do trigger point injections fit in my treatment plan?
Trigger point injections can be one component of your overall treatment plan. Dr. Chaffee also incorporates spinal adjustments, acupuncture, and physical rehab into his treatment repertoire. Dr. Chaffee can even work on trigger points with trigger point massage, electrical stimulation, and physical therapy.
Each component of your treatment plan plays a role in the relief, restorative, and preventive phases of care. The treatments also work together to increase your rate of recovery.
For example, trigger point injections help restore your range of motion to make it easier to perform your physical rehabilitation exercises to increase your mobility further.
To learn more about trigger point injections, schedule an initial consultation at Paragon Physical Medicine online or over the phone.