Throbbing pain in your head can distract you from everything.
You need quick but lasting relief from migraines and other types of headaches.
Trigger point injections are a safe, non-invasive treatment that can provide that relief.
What are trigger points?
Often called “muscle knots” or just “knots,” trigger points are painful knots of muscle tissue.
They may or may not be visible as lumps on the skin surface.
What causes them?
Trigger points form when muscles don’t relax. The causes for lack of muscle relaxation include:
- inadequate exercise
- performing repetitive mechanical tasks
- lower limb mechanical asymmetry (different leg lengths)
- joint disorders (arthritis, bursitis, gout)
- poor sleep quality
- vitamin deficiencies
How they cause migraine pain.
Trigger points are a common cause of tension headaches, and they can make headache disorders such as migraines worse.
They produce what’s known as ‘referred pain,’ which is pain in other areas of the body.
When trigger points form in the muscles of the head, neck, and shoulder, they can press on nerves, causing headaches and making migraines worse.
How trigger point injections provide migraine pain relief.
Trigger point injections are usually injections straight into muscle knots to release muscle tension.
Typically, a trigger point injection includes a mixture of saline and a local anesthetic such as lidocaine.
The anesthetic reduces or eliminates headache pain by blocking pain receptors surrounding the muscle’s nerves that send pain signals to the brain.
When inflammation is present, the doctor may use a corticosteroid dose to reduce the swelling and pain.
What is a trigger point injection like?
Depending on the number of trigger points, you may need more than one injection.
An injection can reduce or prevent headache pain for up to several weeks.
Fast, lasting pain relief!
One injection provides immediate relief from migraines and tension headaches.
The procedure only takes a few minutes and can address more than one muscle knot.
You can have more than one injection session (as needed), and the relief can last for weeks.
It may take several sessions to experience sustained relief.
Are Trigger Point Injections for You?
You are a strong candidate for trigger point injections if you suffer from headaches due to muscle knots.
But this treatment doesn’t work for everyone.
Some people are allergic to anesthetics, and some don’t experience relief from the injections.
Expert Headache Treatment in Texas
If you suffer from migraines, tension headaches, or other types of headache pain, Texas Pain Physicians can help.
Our pain specialists will recommend the best treatment and get you back to your routine.
To find out more or make an appointment at one of our Houston, Dallas, San Antonio, or other locations, please call us at (972) 636-5727 or book an appointment online.