Nearly everyone experiences muscle pain from time to time, but myofascial pain syndrome is a chronic form of muscle pain. Myofascial pain centers around sensitive points in your muscles called “trigger points.” These trigger points can be painful when touched and the pain can spread throughout the affected muscle. Myofascial pain caused by trigger points has been linked to many types of pain including headaches, jaw pain, neck pain, low back pain, pelvic pain, and arm and leg pain.
Trigger Point Injection Therapy is designed to rapidly reduce inflammation and help break the pain cycle of the involved myofascial tissue. Once the focus of irritation is reduced in the muscle belly, healing can take place as the tissue is now better able to cleanse itself of the waste products of cellular metabolism, such as lactic acid.
Typically, a local anesthetic mixed with a small amount of an anti-inflammatory drug is injected directly into the Trigger Point to bring about immediate relief.
Trigger Point Injection is often utilized to reduce the pain associated with Fibromyalgia in addition to chronic myofascial pain due to various biomechanical problems or trauma.