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Need a simple explaination for this. What are trigger point pains?

Need a simple explaination for this. What are trigger point pains?

Trigger points: Trigger points are specific areas in muscles which cause pain as they fail to relax properly and knot up. They can be treated with proper stretching but if stretching is painful, doctors inject those specific points using a very thin needle with local anesthetic and a small amount of steroid. Proper physical therapy is the recommended treatment. Good luck. ...Read more

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What are trigger point injections given for?

Trigger points: Trigger points are "knots" in muscular tissue. Usually the injections are given when those knots do not respond to less invasive treatment. ...Read more

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How does shoulder trigger point release work?

How does shoulder trigger point release work?

See below: As you work the trigger point, your body will undergo soft tissue release, allowing for increased blood flow, a reduction in muscle spasm, and the break-up of scar tissue. It will also help remove any build-up of toxic metabolic waste. ...Read more

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How often can trigger point injections be done?

How often can trigger point injections be done?

Every 2-4 weeks: Depends on what your insurance will approve. For most of my patients I can do them every 2-4 weeks. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: trigger point injections?

What is the definition or description of: trigger point injections?

Muscle knot shot: A trigger point is a local island of muscle spasm or muscle knot. The application of a needle with or without injectant can cause the muscle to release or relax toward normalcy. ...Read more

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If you leave a muscular trigger point untreated, can it become permanent?

If you leave a muscular trigger point untreated, can it become permanent?

Not Necessarily: It can become chronic, but not necessarily permanent. The longer a muscle injury remains untreated, the harder it can be to treat it. If it has become chronic, once the trigger point is broken up/treated, you will need additional therapy to "retrain' the muscles involved to stay as a normal muscle and not slice back into the old injury. ...Read more

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When must I seek immediate help with trigger point pain?

When must I seek immediate help with  trigger point pain?

Need for relief: On a scale of 1 to 10, where 10 is the worst pain how does your pain rate? Does it improve with heat, exercise, ice all or none other. Once you improve it you need exercise to maintain your muscle tone and help maintain your feeling of good. Sometimes you can massage the trigger point and relive it. You can use stretching with spraying of cooling agent Ethyl Chloride spray. ...Read more

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What drug is injected with trigger point injections?

What drug is injected with trigger point injections?

A waste of time.: Trigger point injections are generally a waste of time. There is not evidence that these areas of soft tissue tenderness have any relationship to inflammation. ...Read more

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