Medical Care for Muscle Pain in Monmouth County

Trigger Point Injections for the relief of muscle pain

‘Muscle Pain’ is a broad category that refers to pain and inflammation in the muscles of the body. In a discussion of muscle pain, it’s important to note that we are referring to the skeletal muscle attached to the bones by collagen fibers (tendons). The vast majority of people will experience muscle pain at some point, and in most cases the pain resolves in a short period of time without treatment. Medical treatment for muscle pain is necessary only when the pain does not go away on its own.

Chronic muscle pain is known as Myofascial Pain—a condition of inflammation and pain that affects the connective tissues that covers the muscles. The symptoms of muscle pain usually involve specific ‘trigger points,’ or areas of intense muscle spasm and pain. This may be experienced by a muscle group or a single muscle. This pain is sometimes intensified by activity or stress, and can be caused by any of the following:

• Trauma or Injury;

• Overuse from excessive exercise or work-related exertion;

• Unaccustomed exertion;

• Fibromyalgia;

• Chronic Fatigue Syndrome;

• Arthritis;

• Anxiety and Stress; and/or

• Depression.

Chronic muscle pain is linked to other conditions, including headaches as well as pain in the jaw, neck, lower back, pelvis, and arms and legs.

Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation for Muscle Pain

When muscle pain does not resolve on its own, it’s important to seek out a physician that specializes in the musculoskeletal system. Physiatrists (specialists in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation) are nerve, muscle, and bone specialists who concentrate on pain management and rehabilitation. Treatment for muscle pain may involve any of the following practices:

• Physical Therapy;
• Massage Therapy;
• Acupuncture; and/or
• Trigger Point Injections: For some patients, muscle pain can be a debiliatating experience that makes it difficult to withstand normal rehabilitative practices (as outlined above). Others simply do not respond to treatment, and continue to experience pain. For such patients, trigger point injections are an excellent option. Trigger Point Injections involve the use of a local anesthetic and/or cortisone, which is injected in trigger points—extremely painful areas of muscle.

Trigger Point Injections and Muscle Pain at Monmouth Pain and Rehabilitation

At Monmouth Pain & Rehabilitation, our paradigm of care is centered on using the most conservative approach possible during the pain management and rehabiltiation process. With physical therapy, massage, and minimally invasive procedures (such as Trigger Point Injections), we help patients avoid aggressive, damaging treatments as well as the overuse of over-the-counter and prescription painkillers. The overall goal is to reduce pharmaceutical intervention for patients suffering from muscle pain so that healthy, drug-free rehabilitative practices may be used instead.

Trigger Point Injections at our Shrewsbury, Freehold, Wall, & Lacey NJ practice are performed with the guidance of Ultrasound technology. This imaging technique, which uses the reflections of high-frequency sound waves to obtain live images of the musculoskeletal system, assists our doctors in performing the most precise and effective Trigger Point Injections possible.

Please contact our offices today to learn more about treatment for muscle pain in Monmouth & Ocean County.