Trigger Point Injections
Do you have sore muscle? Are these muscular knots painful to touch, or do they radiate pain to other parts of your body? Trigger point injections are a safe and effective method of relieving the discomfort and pain from these muscle issues.
Our doctors perform trigger point injections to relieve joint pain, back pain, knee pain, or pain from injuries. We believe in healing the underlying causes of pain, and that’s at the heart of trigger point treatments.
What is a Trigger Point?
A trigger point is a patch in soft tissue that causes you to feel irritated, weak, or in pain. These sensitive spots don’t just affect the area that they occupy but influence other parts in your body that they’re connected to.
Myofascial trigger points refer specifically to muscle tissue and the connective tissue around it. When you touch or push on a myofascial trigger point, the muscle fibers shorten, causing pain or discomfort.
When a trigger point in one muscle creates pain in another area, not just in muscles, it’s called referred pain. For instance, a trigger point in your shoulder muscle may cause a referral pattern to the side of your neck. Our center sees many patients who are in pain from one injury, but it can easily be relieved by soothing these muscular triggers.
With a nutrient deficiency, awkward body movements, and the increased pressure or tightness that these factors put your body through, your body adapts to avoid pain by limiting muscle movement, which results in the tension and pain associated with trigger points.
If your body is struggling to heal from an injury, do not ignore your pain. You may be susceptible to permanent muscle damage or widespread conditions, such as fibromyalgia and muscular rheumatism.
Trigger Points in the Back and Neck
All muscles in your body are susceptible to trigger points, but the most common muscles affected are in the back, head, and neck. Trigger points in these common areas can lead to headaches, migraines, neck pain, shoulder pain, sciatica, and back pain.
Causes of trigger points include:
- Traumatic injuries
- Structural imbalances
- A lack of exercise
- Poor body mechanics
- Improper nutrition
- And more
In order to relieve your pain, our doctor administers a trigger point injection into the targeted muscular knots. A trigger point injection is made from an extract of the pitcher plant—sarapin. This serum relaxes these very tense muscles and helps loosen the painful knots. You can have multiple injections to various trigger points or to an individual, highly tense knot.
To learn more about how we can relieve your pain with trigger point injections in Bakersfield, Shafter, Arvin, or any nearby city in California, call our medical center today at (661) 380-7222 for a complimentary consultation.