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Understanding Trigger Point Injections for Back Pain and Tight Muscles

Written By Natural Healing Arts Medical on March 30, 2018

Are you sick of suffering from sharp pain throughout your back? You might be the victim of chronic spasms and inflammation in your skeletal muscle. While these pain attacks can be debilitating, there’s a lot you can do to restore your muscle health with trigger point injections.

What are Trigger Point Injections?

Trigger point injection (TPI) is a viable option for treating many kinds of chronic muscle pain when conventional treatments don’t seem to be effective.  The procedure works to address painful areas within knotty muscles, which are places that are so tight that they don’t relax. Often these knots are so large that they can be felt under the skin, and they irritate the nerves around them in ways that lead to lingering pain. 

Common trigger points are the rhomboid and trapezius back muscles, which can lead to the feeling of pinched nerves and neck and shoulder pain when tight. 

How Does Trigger Point Injection Work?

Trigger point injections are usually performed by pain-management doctors and rehabilitation doctors like chiropractors. During a TPI procedure at the Natural Healing Arts Medical Center, a healthcare professional will insert small needles in the predetermined ‘trigger points’ on your body that are causing you pain. These injections usually contain a local anesthetic, saline solution, or corticosteroid to relax the muscle and reduce the pain. When performed correctly, the trigger point becomes inactive, and your chronic pain disappears. 

While a single treatment might lead to long-term relief, we usually recommend that you schedule a series of procedures to ensure that the muscle doesn’t tense up again. Besides treating pain and muscle tightness, trigger point injections are also useful for treating tension headaches and fibromyalgia.

Better Treatment at the Natural Healing Arts Medical Center

You can find relief for your chronic muscle pain at the Natural Healing Arts Medical Center in Bradenton, FL. We provide every patient with the best care possible and will help you determine which treatment option makes the most sense for your situation. 

Come into our office today, or make a phone call at (941) 761-4994 to schedule an appointment. We can’t wait to bring you back to better health soon.

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