The Center for Sports & Regenerative Orthopedics in Alexandria’s Historic Old Town Can Restore Function and Reduce Pain with Trigger Point Injections
When muscles become injured or overly stressed, they can form tender trigger points that feel like “knots” in the muscle tissue. If you have difficulty turning your head, radiating pain in your lower back, or feel pain or tightness in your shoulder or neck muscles, you may be experiencing trigger point pain. As these muscle fibers shorten and become painful to the touch, they cause pain to radiate out into other areas of the body. This radiating pain is one of the signature symptoms of trigger points.
At the Center for Sports & Regenerative Orthopedics in Alexandria, VA, we can help you address conditions like trigger point pain. Our physicians specialize in treating injuries and pain – muscle pain, in particular, is one of our specialties.
To address trigger point pain, these injections use a local anesthetic in the solution, sometimes combined with other ingredients, injected directly into a trigger point to relieve pain, relax muscles and bring healing.
Trigger points can be caused by a number of factors, including:
Certain areas of the body seem prone to trigger point pain and Trigger Point Injections can be particularly helpful in your:
Trigger Point Injections are used to help people with many medical conditions involved in trigger point pain, including:
Trigger Point Injections have an excellent track record and have brought profound relief to many of our patients in the Alexandria VA area.
Our philosophy is that we should always start with the least invasive form of pain relief and work up from there. While Trigger Point Injections should not be the first-line treatment option for pain and do not work for all pain, they can be very effective for this particular type of muscle pain.
At your consultation, we will take a full medical history and evaluate the other pain-relieving options you've tried. Our physicians will ask and answer questions and determine together with you if you would be a good candidate for trigger point therapy. If you’ve tried other treatments that have not given you the results you seek – especially if you have trigger point pain related to musculoskeletal conditions that radiate to other areas - then you probably are a good candidate for Trigger Point Injections.
For more questions about Trigger Point Injections, speak with our experts today to see if this is the best treatment option for you. Call (240) 754-7954.
During your Trigger Point Injections session, one of our physicians will use an ultrasound machine to carefully locate the exact area for injection. The injection site will be thoroughly cleaned, then a small needle will be used to insert the solution into your trigger point. The process can be repeated if you have multiple trigger point areas we need to treat.
Trigger Point Injections are somewhat like dry needling, in which a fine needle is inserted into the tense, sensitive “knot” of muscles to bring relief. The needle enters the knot of muscles, gently releasing the trigger point. The procedure can involve injecting an anesthetic, saline solution, or pain medication if the patient is experiencing severe pain, which should reduce inflammation, relax muscles, and quiet nerves.
Trigger Point Injections have an excellent safety profile. However, if you have blood clotting disorders, anemia, or cancer, or if you have skin cancer, open wounds, sores, or irritated skin in the treatment area, Trigger Point Injections may be contraindicated. Trigger Point Injections is also not for you if you have allergies to stainless steel or anesthetics, hemostatic (bleeding) dysfunction, are pregnant or nursing, or taking certain medications.
At your first session, you will speak with one of our Trigger Point Injection specialists to develop a personalized treatment plan and review any concerns or questions you may have. Treatments generally require no more than 15-30 minutes, but your first session may last longer as we collect your medical information.
Results can vary, but most people experience relief in as little as a few hours. Recurring injections may be needed to provide longer-lasting relief.
Individual injections can bring relief that lasts several weeks, and sometimes, a trigger point only requires one injection for the pain to subside permanently. It varies from individual to individual. Physicians often recommend one injection every eight weeks for six months for maximum pain relief, but your physician will help you assess your pain levels and other factors to determine how often to schedule repeat Trigger Point Injections.
These treatments provide little to no discomfort.
While you may experience some swelling and redness at the injection site, these minimal side effects are only temporary.
There are no specific restrictions, but you should remember that you are trying to foster healing in your body. The healing of inflamed muscles can be a slow process and requires time and patience, but Trigger Point Injections can speed up that process. You should simply avoid overworking or stressing the area under treatment. Within a few days, you should be returning to normal and even increased function – but always listen to your pain levels to determine how far to push your body.
Even though results can often be seen in a few hours, you are free to continue your sessions as long as you are experiencing pain, need them, and are seeing improvement.
What would it be like to see increased function again and relieve debilitating trigger point pain? Let our team of experts at the Center for Sports & Regenerative Orthopedics help you achieve your wellness goals and experience pain relief now!
Call (240) 754-7954 or contact us online to set up a consultation with our Trigger Point Injection specialists at our offices in Alexandria’s vibrant Old Town! The King Street Metro Station is nearby. You can ride the free King Street Trolley or explore the neighborhood on a rental bike. If you’re traveling in from out of town, we are conveniently located between the Hilton Alexandria Old Town and the Lorien Hotel & Spa.