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Trigger Point Injections Specialist

Spine Center and Orthopedic Rehabilitation of Englewood, PC

Pain Management & Physical Therapy located in Englewood, NJ

If you have tense, painful muscles, fibromyalgia, or chronic headaches that haven’t responded to physical therapy or medications, trigger point injections may give you the relief you need. The team of physicians and medical experts at Spine Center and Orthopedic Rehabilitation of Englewood, PC, in Englewood, New Jersey, offers trigger point injections to women, men, and children over age 12 who struggle with chronic muscular pain, weakness, or limited mobility. To find out if trigger point injections are right for you, contact Spine Center and Orthopedic Rehabilitation of Englewood, PC, by phone or online form today.

Trigger Point injections Q & A

What are trigger points?

Trigger points are small, tense areas in your muscles that feel like knots. If you touch a trigger point, it’s usually painful or sore. 

Trigger points develop when a muscle’s been injured by an acute trauma or multiple microtraumas, such as those caused by repetitive movements. Trigger points can be responsible for a range of symptoms and conditions, including:

  • Muscle spasms
  • Low back pain
  • Neck pain
  • Stiff or painful legs or arms
  • Tinnitus
  • Temporomandibular jaw disorder
  • Tension headaches
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Myofascial pain (i.e., pain in tissue that surrounds muscles)

Trigger points can irritate nearby nerves and cause referred pain, which means that your sore neck may actually originate in a trigger point in your shoulder, or vice versa.

What are trigger point injections?

Your doctor can relieve the pain and knotting of a trigger point by injecting it directly with a thin needle. Trigger point injections may contain:

  • Saline
  • Anesthetic
  • Corticosteroid

If you’re allergic to medications, your doctor may inject you with a dry needle (i.e., nothing in the syringe). Trigger point injections relax the knotted tissue and alleviate pain. Your doctor palpates your skin and muscles to find all of the trigger points that are involved in your pain or limited range of motion.

Trigger point injections only take a few minutes in the comfort and convenience of the Spine Center and Orthopedic Rehabilitation of Englewood, PC, office. You can get multiple trigger point injections during one treatment session, depending on your needs. You may benefit from a series of treatments to reduce your pain and restore your mobility.

What happens after trigger point injections?

After your doctor’s identified and injected all of your trigger points, they ask you to stretch and flex your muscles. You may be sore at the injection site for up to three days and should avoid strenuous activity during that time. You should feel pain relief directly after your treatment, which can last for months at a time.

Find out if trigger point injections are the pain relief you’ve been looking for by contacting the Spine Center and Orthopedic Rehabilitation of Englewood, PC, team by phone or online form.