Advanced pain management centers in Brooklyn, NY treat pain caused by trigger points. What are trigger points? Trigger points are sensitive spots or “muscle knots” located in a taut band of skeletal muscle that accompany chronic musculoskeletal disorders and cause pain locally.
Decoding Trigger Points
Trigger points are tiny muscle areas of your body that have got cramped and never quite managed to relax. Initially, these trigger points aren’t noticeable, but later the cramped muscle part starts pulling on the other muscle fibers, causing new trigger points. It would have initially been just a mild discomfort. But then it keeps spreading and becomes more painful. It starts hurting when you move that part. The pain gets triggered by these trigger points, and that’s how they’ve got that name.
What Causes Them?
Trigger points are usually caused by some blow to the affected region, repeated moves of the concerned muscles, habitual positions or sudden moves. They also come with certain chronic musculoskeletal conditions. As a result, trigger points are quite common, since 10% of the US population has been estimated to suffer from some kind of musculoskeletal condition, according to the American Family Physician. In the working-age population, musculoskeletal disorders are the primary cause of disability.
Trigger points are usually felt in the shoulder and neck, but can occur in any muscle. Too many trigger points can cause a condition known as myofascial pain syndrome. Many people experience trigger points, though they aren’t quite familiar with these terms. Trigger points can make carrying out daily activities quite difficult. Trigger points could also cause tinnitus, tension headache, low back pain, decreased motion range and temporomandibular joint pain.
The discomfort caused can be a stabbing or burning sensation as well as weakness in the affected and spread out region. Sometimes you can feel a small lump that feels tender when you press it. That’s the trigger point. But not all trigger points can be located easily since they need not necessarily be near the hurting spot. For example, the trigger point could be located under another muscle.
In the early stage, rubbing and pressing on the trigger point could ease the pain. But if the trigger points have progressed to a stage where you experience moderate or severe pain, you need to get professional help. Trigger point injections are acknowledged as among the most effective remedies to inactivate the trigger points and provide quick relief. Ultrasonography, spraying and stretching and manipulative therapy are the other options to treat the disorder.
Advanced multispecialty healthcare centers provide effective pain management and rehabilitation treatment using non-surgical modalities such as injections, physical therapy and chiropractic care.