We Offer Trigger Point Therapy in Lanham, MN
Office jobs and sedentary lifestyles make tight muscles and other discomforts a common occurrence. Many people dismiss these aches and pains as a natural part of life, but they don’t have to be. If you experience frequent knots in your shoulders, back, or neck, Effective Chiropractic PG County can help you find relief for these trigger points. Our office in Lanham, MD can loosen the tight muscles that cause trigger points, reducing pain and helping you get back to a more active and productive lifestyle. We have a team of medical professionals who are able to identify your trigger points and create a plan to help you deal with them. Please reach out to us today for additional information.
What Are Trigger Points?
Trigger points occur in important bundles of muscles in the neck, shoulders, and back. These areas can experience a lot of daily tension and strain due to physical activity, bad posture, or injury, which causes them to tighten and constrict without releasing to a neutral position, resulting in the development of a trigger point. When trigger points flare up, they are commonly referred to as “knots,” as you may be able to feel them through the skin due to the constriction of the muscles. Though trigger points are not usually a source of extreme pain, they often create chronic discomfort that can make working at a desk difficult and keep you from doing some of the activities you love. When more than one trigger point is aggravated at the same time, the discomfort can become more intense.
Symptoms of Trigger Points
If you’re unfamiliar with trigger point pain, you may write it off as everyday aches and pains and continue to live with the discomfort. Knowing the symptoms of trigger point aggravation can help you determine when you need to see a doctor, allowing you to get the care you need. The most common symptoms of trigger points include:
- Dull ache, pressing pain, or feeling of heaviness
- Burning, numbness, or tingling
- Eyelid twitching
- Off-balance feeling, dizziness, unsteadiness
- Referred pain in other parts of the body
What Causes Trigger Points?
Trigger point flare-ups can be caused by a number of different actions and situations. Most often, they are caused by repetitive use, making them extremely common if you have a job where you use the same body part, in the same way, hundreds of times a day on a daily basis. This can include factory jobs, computer work with repeated clicking and typing, and even driver positions. You can also develop trigger points after a single day of strenuous activity, such as when you lift something heavy or shovel your driveway on a snowy day. Other, less common, causes of trigger points may include inflammation, trauma to the area, emotional stress, and nutritional factors.
What Type of Therapy Can Help with Trigger Points?
There are a few different solutions to help you deal with the pain of trigger points. At Effective Chiropractic PG County, we can help you treat your pain with trigger point injection therapy. This is a minimally invasive treatment that can be completed quickly at our office. These injections are administered by our licensed medical providers who know the proper way to pinpoint the affected area. Trigger point injections are a popular alternative to other pain-relief treatments such as corticosteroid injections as trigger point injections do not have the same risks of wearing out or impairing bones, tendons, or cartilage that steroid injections do.
What Are Trigger Point Injections?
Trigger point injections are a treatment used to reduce pain associated with tight muscles in the back, neck, and shoulders. Using an injection of a non-toxic, plant-based, anti-inflammatory drug, called Sarapin, trigger point therapy targets the affected area and provides relief from pain and constant tightness of the muscles. Some common questions we receive about trigger point injections include:
Who Needs Them? You may need trigger point injections if you experience chronic discomfort and “knots” in your back, shoulders, or neck. If your trigger point pain is bad enough that it is affecting your daily life, it’s time to consider an injection to treat the issue. People who have fibromyalgia may also find relief with injections.
When Are They Are Needed? Trigger point injections may be needed anytime your trigger points flare up and cause discomfort. The most common signs you need these injections include experiencing chronic, radiating back and shoulder pain, limited mobility, muscle fatigue, or rigidity of the spine.
What to Expect with Trigger Point Injections
Trigger point therapy is very quick and easy. You can receive the injections in a matter of minutes and get back to your daily life. We administer the injections right at our Lanham, MD office, making the entire process convenient for you. You can expect your appointment to be relatively quick. Our medical professionals will prep the injection site, complete the injection, and you’ll be free to go back to your normal routine. You’ll enjoy fast-acting relief after a single treatment, noticing a decrease in pain and discomfort soon after your appointment.
Contact Us Today
If you are concerned that you may be suffering from trigger point pain, we encourage you to seek care from a medical professional. The longer you wait, the worse the pain may become, which can have a significant effect on your life. Please reach out to us today to learn more about our treatment for trigger points and to schedule an appointment with one of our professionals. We’ll start by evaluating your symptoms and determine a treatment plan from there.