Trigger Point Injection Therapy
Finding a treatment for the pain of fibromyalgia can often be as challenging as the illness itself. Most fibromyalgia sufferers have tried every therapy they can think of to reduce their discomfort. Because many fibromyalgia sufferers also have myofascial pain syndrome, trigger point injection therapy has proven useful in minimizing and relieving joint and muscle pain. If you are looking for a treatment that can effectively reduce your pain symptoms, read on, and find out more about trigger point injection therapy.
Trigger Points vs Tender Points
If you have fibromyalgia, you will have noticed that certain areas of your body are more painful than others. These areas are called tender points and they are actually sore spots that develop inside your muscles. There are 18 specific areas on the body where these tender points can develop. These tender points are what cause the widespread pain of fibromyalgia.
Trigger points affect people with myofascial pain syndrome. Myofascial trigger points can develop in any muscle in the body, and cause extreme discomfort and pain. Trigger points are different from tender points in that they can actually cause pain in areas of your body that are nowhere near your trigger points. Many fibromyalgia sufferers have both fibromyalgia tender points and fibromyalgia trigger points.
What Are Trigger Point Injections?
Trigger point injection therapy is a treatment used to relieve the pain and stiffness caused by trigger points in your muscles. Trigger points are like knots in your muscles, and they prevent your body parts from relaxing properly. In order to relieve trigger point tenderness, special injections containing anesthetics or corticosteroids are put directly into each trigger point. These injections \"shut down\" the trigger points, providing quick or immediate relief from pain.
Types of Trigger Point Injection Therapy
There are two main types of trigger point injections:
Injection by Manual Palpation: This type of trigger point therapy involves the physician manually locating the trigger point by massaging the skin. A trained physician can usually tell where a trigger point is located, how big it is, and how deep it is lying within the muscle. However, sometimes it is difficult to estimate the exact location of a trigger point.
Needle EMG-Guided Injection: This type of injection uses both manual palpation and guided imagery to locate the trigger point. First, the physician will feel around for the trigger point. Then, a needle is inserted into the area. This needle relays information back to a monitor, which the doctor can then look at to guide the needle directly into the trigger point. This method is much more accurate.