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What Are Trigger Points


Woman suffering from trigger point pain

Trigger points are knots found within a muscle that can cause severe pain in a localized area or even pain that radiates around a large surface or down the arm. Trigger points are most common in the upper back, but they can be found in any muscle in the body.

Many people don’t look to trigger points as the initial problem first. It can be a frustrating process to deal with but finding the right treatment can make all the difference.

Overview Of Trigger Points

By rubbing a hand deeply over a sore muscle, trigger points can be felt in some situations, feeling like a small crunchy ball within the muscle that elicits pain. Though small, these trigger points can cause big issues in the body. The muscles with the trigger points tend to stiffen and are unable to relax, which in turn causes the muscles to exhaust quicker and have a slower recovery time.

These muscle knots can even cause symptoms such as headaches, numbness and tingling down the arm, groin pain, jaw problems, back pain, and neck pain. By decreasing the range of motion, causing stiffness, and putting the body through pain which can range from low to high levels, trigger points are something that should be addressed as quickly as possible. Due to the range of referred pain areas, there can often be confusion as to the cause of the problem.

Trigger Point Injections

Doctor doing the trigger point injection to the patient

Trigger point injections are a form of chiropractic treatment for these muscle knots that can provide quick relief to the area of pain and the surrounding areas. By injecting a small amount of anesthetic into the trigger point and slowly breaking up the knot, most individuals notice results right away. Due to the anesthetic, pain relief happens quickly, which allows the surrounding muscles to relax and the trigger point to break up easier.

There are little to no side effects associated with trigger point injections which makes them one of the best options for treatment. Due to the simplicity of the procedure, trigger point injections are recommended as a good starting place or in conjunction with one of the other therapies we offer for myofascial pain or other conditions or symptoms that are not going away with other treatments.

How Health In Motion Treat Muscle Knots

Chiropractor is doing the trigger point injection to the patient

By inserting a small needle with the anesthetic into the trigger point, she is able to desensitize the area and break up the trigger point on a deeper level. The Nurse Practitioner will examine the area and then determine a wellness care plan for you based on the number of trigger points you have as well as the size of each one. If more than one injection is needed, she will make that recommendation.

Overall, the entire procedure is very quick and easy.

Get Relief From Muscle Knot Pain

If trigger points are something you are curious about, consider setting up a consultation with our nurse practitioner in Health In Motion. Upon examination, she will be able to determine if you have trigger points and if they could be causing the problem. She will then conclude if a trigger point injection is a good option for you.

You don’t have to suffer from the pain.


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