What are trigger point injections?
As the name implies, the injection of trigger points is a method of treatment that requires the use of a medicated injection directly at the trigger points. The trigger points are knots in the muscles that are painful when under pressure. In addition, they can produce referred pain in surrounding areas even in the absence of applied pressure. Activation points are common in patients with fibromyalgia who also suffer from myofascial pain syndrome (MPS).
The injection of trigger points for fibromyalgia plays an important role in the relief of pain. When injections are applied to the painful trigger points, the knots in the muscles become loose. Therefore, the pain caused by the muscle knots will be reduced and you will gain flexibility in your muscles. Injected medications are anesthetics or corticosteroids. Both medications help to relax the muscles, thus reducing pain and stiffness.
Types of trigger point injection for fibromyalgia
The trigger point injection for fibromyalgia is available in two main types. The difference between the two lies in how the activation points are located.
The first type consists of physically searching and massaging the body to find where the knots are. This requires a longer time, however, the time it is worth it will be worth it when you feel its effectiveness.
The other type of injection of the trigger point makes use of images to determine the areas of trigger points. This type is certainly more accurate, since the images will show the doctor where the exact knots are. Therefore, this allows the doctor to apply the medication directly on the knots. Although both methods of trigger point injection are effective, images are the most reliable option.
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