Back and neck pain can be difficult to diagnose, especially when the pain is widespread and without a visible cause. If you are experiencing back pain that has been difficult to treat yourself, it could be time to see a pain management specialist to find out whether trigger points could be at the root of your pain.
What Are Trigger Points?
In some cases, back pain can be traced to spams in very small, centralized parts of muscles, called trigger points. These trigger points form when the muscle fails to relax, resulting in knots or ropes of muscle tissue. Spasms in these knots can cause pain not only in the associated muscle tissue, but also in unrelated groups of muscles. This is known as referred pain. Trigger points can also affect and put pressure on nerves, resulting in tingling, numbness, and muscle weakness. If left untreated, trigger points can cause scar tissue, loss of range of motion, and widespread back pain that can interfere with daily life or tasks.
How Is Pain Treated?
Trigger point injections are an effective, quick, and safe way to treat the symptoms of back pain. Your doctor will inject the trigger points responsible for pain with a small needle containing a local anesthetic such as lidocaine or procaine to relieve tension and pain. In some cases, injections also include a corticosteroid. Treatment generally lasts 30 minutes and multiple muscle groups can be treated in a single appointment. There is generally little discomfort during injection, with mild side effects such as mild muscle twitches lasting only a few seconds or minutes. Trigger point injection can be used to treat generalized back pain, as well as pain associated with chronic headaches or fibromyalgia.
The Pain Specialists of Orange County specialize in trigger point injection to relieve your back and neck pain. Visit us on the Web today or call (888) 699-1334 to find out more about our Laguna Hills, Mission Viejo, and Irvine locations.