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Trigger Point Under Armpit
See below: It could be in any number of places....a TP can develop in any muscle. ...Read more
Back problems for years. It's now radiating down the arm. Doc wants to do trigger point injections, should I do it?
Back and arm pain: How far down the arm is the pain radiating? What is the quality of the pain? These answers would be helpful to evaluate causes and direct treatment. ...Read more
What causes burning pain in the back of the neck? I had trigger point injection but they worsen the pain tingling and numbness in the neck and arm
Muscle Spasm: Trigger points are bands of taut muscle areas that hurt when pressed upon and radiate to other areas than just the painful spot that is pressed upon. Most times stretching and massage of that area relieves these spots, however sometime they continue and need to be addressed by your doctor. ...Read more
Yes: Query is whether trigger point injections can ameliorate fibromyalgia pain. Trigger points are able to be detected by sensitive touch, ultrasound, chemical and blood flow changes, and oxygen deficits. Trigger points seem to be effectively reversed by massage, trigger point injections, and acupuncture. ...Read more
Can be: Can be done either way. It is not required, depends on the anatomic location and doctor preference. ...Read more
See below: A myofascial trigger point is thought to be an area of irritable muscle. Pressure on this area will often cause local pain as well as a referral of pain to other sites. The exact nature and cause of these trigger points is unknown but they do exist. Trigger point release is a manual therapy technique to desensitize this spot. It usually consists of deep pressure as well as stretch of the muscle. ...Read more
It depends on what: Solution is used. If it is only lidocaine or mixture of saline and lido it can done monthly. But if there is steroid mix within, then should be much less frequent and I do not advocate for any steroid use as it really doesn't provide any additional benefit base on current medical evidence. ...Read more
In some cases: In some cases this can be helpful. In my experience these trigger points are often the result of dysfunction of the deeper tissues in the joints and ligaments and I get better results if I address these problems rather than deal with the problems at the surface such as trigger points. Often the trigger points will go away if the deeper structures are treated properly. ...Read more
Soft tissue therapy: The myofascial release approach is a form of soft tissue therapy used to treat somatic dysfunction and resulting pain and restriction of motion. It is a treatment described by andrew taylor still, founder of osteopathy/osteopathic medicine, and his early students, which uses continual palpatory feedback to achieve release of myofascial tissues. ...Read more
Myofascial release: Myofascial release is a soft tissue therapy for the treatment of skeletal muscle immobility and pain. First described by andrew taylor still and his early osteopathic students, the therapy relaxes contracted muscles, improves blood and lymphatic circulation, and stimulates the stretch reflex in muscles. ...Read more
Typically will be: Between two to three muscle groups bilaterally, so between 4 to 6 injections. ...Read more
Both: Trigger point release is the application of pressure to specific spots in the muscles of the pelvic floor that are causing pain by spasming. These spots are usually best reached by working through the vagina or rectum but depending on the location of the triggers, some spots may be reached externally. ...Read more
I'm 48 yrs old. I have numbness and pain to the touch for a couple of yrs now. Trigger point they say. Also back spasm second visit. I'm lost?
How long does a trigger point injection provide relief on average and is there a limit of how many can be done each year? I have really bad muscle pai
Trigger point inj: The actually injection just allow the muscle to relax a little for you to do stretches and help prevent the muscle from being tense again. You can have them at least once a month if there is not steroid or Botox being used in it. ...Read more
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
Yes: Trigger point injections are usually painful, but when performed correctly can be very helpful in relieving pain. ...Read more
See below: I do quite a bit of TP injections and I've seen them not help at all up to completely getting rid of the pain prior to leaving the office and never coming back. ...Read more
That is the limit: For which they should be done.Get a more detailed answer ›
Intractable trigger point in medial calf of 1.5yr duration. What can I do about it (massage relief only temporary)?
Would a trigger point injection in just two areas be helpful for severe muscle knots? Or would more need to be done?
No hard & fast rule: The only way to know is to have it done and see how you respond. Trigger-point injections can be remarkably effective, but everyone is different. If you need more done, more can always be done. Cross that bridge when you come to it. ...Read more
Is trigger point dry needling successful for chronic plantarfacitis. I hear it has 90% success rate based on a recent study.
Is this the study:: Http://www. Oandp. Com/articles/2009-04_10.asp? Study said "repeated puncturing of tissue with an empty hypodermic needle—and ultrasound-guided steroid injections to achieve a 95 % success rate in completely resolving plantar fasciitis symptoms" problem -study size was very small & with no control group. As an acupuncturist - I can say it's effective tx but this study was not well designed. ...Read more
I am pretty sure I tweaked my sartorious. I have burning and tingling at the low trigger point. Any suggestions for a fix?
Rest: If it is acute use heat and rest. If is chronic (greater than three months) a single cirtisone injection would help. Stop any repetative activity that might be bringing it on. ...Read more