Trigger Point Injections in Huntington NY
Pain and Trigger Points
Each day, 25 million Americans take a pain medication. Some of these people take medication daily for chronic pain. Most of these people prefer to avoid the possible long-term effects of these pills
Trigger Point Injection Therapy in Huntington works to relieve chronic, muscular pain without oral pain medication. This is a universally well received combination of clinically proven methods for the treatment of chronic pain anywhere in the body. It is particularly well suited for chronic upper and lower back, neck and head pain.
What are Trigger Points in Huntington?
Trigger points (myofacial pain) are small "knots" or areas of spasm, within a muscle. They may be tender when touched or cause shortening of a muscle which may then cause limited range of motion in the affected area (for example, neck rotation). Trigger points may even cause "referred pain" - pain that is felt in a distant location when they trigger point is touched. The pain from these points may come and go spontaneously, or linger hours, days, even months.
What causes Trigger Points?
There are many causes: accidents, misuse, overuse, misalignments, disc and other spinal problems. The resulting inflammation, along with emotional stressors, cause muscle cells to contract. When the muscle cells contract continuously, thereby constricting their own blood supply, there is a local "energy crisis" for the cells. When this occurs, the cells do not have enough energy to stop contracting and prolonged spasm and trigger points ensue.
How Does It Work?
Trigger Point Injection Therapy essentially loosens these knots, allowing improved blood flow to the chronically spasmodic areas. As a result, the areas begin to heal. Performed by a Licensed Nurse Practitioner, a very thin, acupuncture sized needle is injected into the muscle belly quickly (which is rarely even felt) which causes a fast twitch of the muscle with a very diluted lidocaine solution. The lidocaine helps to numb the area and the fast twitch releases the lactic acid which is built up inside the trigger point thus relaxing the muscle. As soon as the knots are relieved, there is often an immediate and remarkable reduction in pain, soreness, and discomfort, as well as the beginning of long-term relief. If pursued properly over a number of sessions, the muscles will heal themselves and the symptoms will be abated, The treatment at Balance Chiropractic and Wellness Center is simple, minimally invasive and quick. Improvement is usually noted after each session.