Pain Management through Trigger Point Injections at Monmouth Pain and Rehabilitation

Most people experience muscle pain from time to time; usually, this pain resolves on its own after a few days. For some, however, myofascial (muscle) pain may continue or worsen. In some cases, painful trigger points may develop. Monmouth Pain and Rehabilitation offers corticosteroid and/or anesthetic injections for the treatment of severe and persistent myofascial pain.

To learn more about treatment for muscle pain at Monmouth Pain and Rehabilitation, or to discover the many interventional, minimally invasive pain management procedures offered in our Red Bank rehabilitation office, contact us today. See below for more information on Trigger Point Injections for muscle pain.

What are Trigger Points? What is Myofascial Pain?

Trigger points are severely painful areas of muscle. When in use, muscles normally contract and relax. However, when the muscles are unable to relax, a trigger point—a tight knot or band of muscle—may develop.

Myofascial pain is the term used to describe chronic muscle pain and areas of trigger points. This pain often disseminates throughout the affected muscle. Myofascial pain syndrome occurs when muscle pain does not resolve on its own, and is commonly associated with fibromyalgia.

What conditions can be treated with Trigger Point Injections?

Trigger point injections address myofascial pain and trigger points in order to alleviate the symptoms of fibromyalgia, as well as headaches or pain in the jaw, neck, limbs (arms and legs), lower back, and/or pelvis.

How do Trigger Point Injections Work?

Corticosteroids are similar in action to cortisol, a hormone produced naturally in the brain. Cortisol is helpful in that it helps the body in situations that involve trauma, pain, or stress of any kind. Corticosteroids act similarly—they are used to control inflammation and pain. In the case of myofascial pain, corticosteroids are injected to alleviate pain and relax the trigger point. For many patients, a short course of treatment with trigger point injections can offer long-term relief.

For some sufferers, a local anesthetic is used in place of (or in conjunction with) a corticosteroid. Patients that receive an anesthetic injection will experience a respite from muscle pain when the muscles are numbed and able to relax.