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How Do Trigger Points Develop
Scoliosis & pain: Scoliosis often causes pain in the muscles of the back due to the asymmetric stress of the curvature. This may be in the form of myofascial pain with trigger points that may respond to injection of local anesthetic followed by stretching. Scoliosis may also produce spasm that may respond to the application of ice, medications such as cyclobenzaprine or injection of Botulinum toxin. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Yes they are: Repeated gripping. If you routinely grip an item — such as a power tool or musical instrument — for extended periods of time, you may be more prone to developing a trigger finger.. You're also at greater risk if you have certain medical conditions, including rheumatoid arthritis, diabetes, hypothyroidism, amyloidosis and certain infections, such as tuberculosis.Good luck. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Local heat: Always helps, but it might not be enough. ...Read more
Does dry needling actually work for trigger points and tight muscles? If so how many sessions needid?
How can I identify what triggers my anxiety attacks? They seem inconsistent as far as when/where they occur and seem to start out of nowhere.
Anxiety attacks: Many times panic attacks do not have an obvious trigger, and do come out of the blue. In fact that's part of their definition. There may be circumstances that dial up your anxiety-meter, though -- making attacks more likely. Oftentimes working with a psychotherapist can help you track whatever of these can be tracked. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Not in real life: Heroes in fantasy fiction enjoy immunity to disease, but no human being can do this. You can improve your chances of staying healthy by eating sensibly, staying physically fit, being immunized, and getting good preventive health care from your physician. But there is no magic beyond this. If there were, the super-rich who know the world's secrets would be doing it -- and they're not. Best wishes. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Proven vs unproven: By definition, "alternative" is different than modern western medicine. Generally any drug, herb, treatment, or procedure that stands up to rigorous scientific scrutiny is included in modern medicine. The problem is that many alternative practices, herbs etc do not stand up to scientific scrutiny and cannot be shown to work. Nerve injuries can be temp. Or permanent. Don't get scammed. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
What are trigger point injections and can they be used to treat neck pain/muscle spasm? How quickly do they work? Any side effects?
See below: These injections usually consist of a mixture of anesthetic (lidocaine and/or marcaine) mixed with a corticosteroid. A small needle is used to inject small portions of this mixture into tender points found in the muscle or "trigger points". They usually take 1-5 days to work. Side effects are minimal but may include soreness over injection site or temporary increase in pain before improving. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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