Trigger points are areas of spasm and inflammation in the muscle. Essentially, they are knots that form when the muscles don’t relax completely.
Trigger points can be painful and sensitive to pressure or touch. Dr. Roy Nini performs soft tissue injections as part of our regenerative services in Los Angeles and Beverly Hills to place medications in trigger points that relax the muscle and relieve the pain.
About Trigger Points
Our muscles contract and relax as we move. When a muscle fails to relax completely, a tight band of muscle fibers can spasm and form a trigger point. These can often be felt as knots under the skin.
Trigger points form only in the muscles. They may irritate the nerves around them and cause referred pain (in other areas of the body).
What Causes Trigger Points?
Painful knots (trigger points) form in the muscles when the muscles are overloaded, either through exertion, overuse, biomechanical factors, muscle trauma, referred pain, or poor posture.
Factors that predispose the muscles to overload include:
- Muscle tension (which can be caused by emotional stress)
- Abnormalities in the skeletal structure
- Metabolic disorders (such as hypoglycemia or hypothyroidism)
- Nutritional deficiencies
- Chronic bacterial infections
- Viral diseases
What Happens with Soft Tissue Injections (Trigger Point Injections)?
In a trigger point injection procedure, Dr. Nini uses a small needle to inject medication directly into the trigger point. Several sites may be injected in one treatment session. Medications injected may include saline solution, local anesthetic, or corticosteroids.
The injection makes the trigger point inactive and relaxes the muscle, which relieves the pain. This process generally takes only a few minutes. In most cases, a brief course of soft tissue injections can provide sustained relief from trigger point pain.
What Conditions Are Treated with Trigger Point Injections?
Many patients have nodules in the muscles that can be felt with the hands where trigger points are located. There is often tenderness and pain that radiates from the trigger point with pressure.
Many patients with trigger points have chronic musculoskeletal disorders for which soft tissue injections can provide relief, including:
- Fibromyalgia (a chronic condition that causes pain, tenderness, and stiffness in the muscles, joints, and tendons)
- Myofascial pain (a chronic pain disorder in which trigger points cause referred pain (pain occurring in seemingly unrelated parts of the body)
- Temporomandibular pain (pain in the joint that connects the jaw to the skull)
- Acute trauma
- Neck pain
- Low back pain
Sustained Pain Relief with Soft Tissue Injections(Trigger Point Injections)
Dr. Roy Nini provides pain management in Los Angeles and Beverly Hills with trigger point injections to treat a variety of conditions and symptoms. At Full Range Ortho, we can perform this non-surgical treatment as part of a custom-tailored program to relive pain in the neck, low back, jaw, or any area where trigger points have developed or are causing referred pain.
We focus our practice on providing state-of-the-art treatments that promote healing and relieve pain without surgery. If you have suffered an injury or have a condition associated with trigger point pain, schedule a consultation with Dr. Nini to find out if soft tissue injections are the right treatment option for you.