Trigger Point Injections in Ventura
Trigger point injections can help with painful knots that can happen when muscles do not relax. Sometimes trauma and other conditions can cause muscle fibers to be stuck in a contracted state, which is where the knot comes from. These knots may irritate the nerves around them and cause pain.
Trigger point injections for muscle pain can be done in the lower back, neck, arms and legs. These injections are a good option for people who cannot get relief with over-the-counter pain medication, heat/cold therapy, or physical therapy.
Trigger point injections only take a few minutes. The patient will be asked to sit or lie down, depending on where the pain is. The doctor will examine the patient to find exactly where the pain is, and insert a needle into the trigger point.
Trigger point injections – made of a painkiller and steroid medication -- should cause the knot to relax. Patients with multiple trigger point areas can be treated in one visit.
Common side effects from trigger point injections include temporary discomfort or numbness, but these side effects should go away after a couple of days. After a trigger point injection, patients should avoid heavy activity for a few days. Most patients will experience pain relief between 24 and 72 hours after getting a trigger point injection.
Trigger point injections can also provide significant improvement in range of motion and muscle function for patients.
If you have a knot in your muscle that won’t go away, or have been suffering chronic pain that is not improving, please call our office at 805-351-0745 to make an appointment with the doctor. He will provide a thorough exam, and tell you if you are a good candidate for trigger point injections. There is no reason to put off getting help. Contact us today.