Trigger point injections refer to the insertion of a fine needle into very specific areas of a muscle to relieve tension and reduce pain. If your back pain isn’t relieved by physical therapy, chiropractic adjustments, or posture improvements, your back specialist may recommend a trigger point injection. Keep reading to find out what it does and what you can expect.
How It Works
Muscular back pain is sometimes caused by tight knots or bands in the muscle, which form when the muscle cannot properly relax. You can feel these knots under your skin. If you press on them, you’ll feel pain radiating from the area into your neck or toward other areas. Trigger points can also irritate nearby nerves, causing discomfort. When the back specialist inserts the needle directly into the knot, the muscle will twitch. The insertion of the needle itself is usually sufficient to relax the knot of muscle and treat the pain. However, for added pain relief, the back specialist may inject a local anesthetic and a corticosteroid.
What You Can Expect
During your appointment with the back specialist, you can expect to undergo a physical exam. The specialist will determine where your trigger points are and ask you about your symptoms. Then, the skin directly above the trigger point is marked and cleansed. The back specialist inserts the needle and watches for a twitching of the muscle. To ensure that the entire knot of muscle has been treated, the doctor will gently move the needle in and out of the knot in various directions.
What to Do Afterward
The procedure takes just a couple of minutes, after which you may be asked to stretch the muscle. You’ll feel immediate relief of pain due to the local anesthetic. After the anesthetic wears off, you may feel some soreness. Trigger point injections can help relieve pain for weeks or even months at a time.
To schedule an appointment for diagnostic or therapeutic injections, call SpineOne of Denver at (888) 721-0459. Our back specialists offer the latest in non-invasive and minimally invasive techniques to resolve your back pain. We’ll work closely with you to customize a treatment plan that suits your unique needs.
Lumbago is a general term used to describe lower back pain. These days, it’s more often referred to as lumbar pain or simply low back pain. There are many potential causes of lumbago. It could involve a problem with your soft tissues, such as the muscles, tendons, and ligaments. Lumbago may also be caused by a deteriorated or herniated intervertebral disc. Disc herniation occurs when there is a crack in the wall of the disc, through which the inner material can protrude. Additionally, lumbago may involve the facet joints, nerves, or bones.
Before a back specialist can treat lumbago, he or she will need to diagnose the exact source of the problem. You can expect to have a physical exam and imaging studies, such as an MRI or X-ray. Your back specialist will also ask you about your medical history and whether you’ve recently fallen or suffered an injury. Your treatment options will depend on the underlying cause of your lower back pain.
At SpineOne, our state-of-the-art spinal care center features advanced diagnostic equipment and innovative treatment solutions. Give us a call at (888) 721-0459 and ask us about our range of spinal treatment options, including physical therapy and chiropractic care.
Degenerative disc disease usually involves the lumbar region of the spine, which is the lower back. However, it can sometimes affect the cervical region, which is the neck area. If you suffer from persistent neck pain and stiffness, see a back specialist to determine if it could be the result of degenerative disc disease.
Wear and Tear Damage
Degenerative disc disease affects the intervertebral discs, which are located between the bones, or vertebrae, or the spine. These cushion-like devices have a high water content to provide flexibility and shock absorption. However, as you grow older, the water content decreases and the discs become more brittle. The cumulative effects of degeneration over the years can cause neck pain and stiffness. Your symptoms are likely more noticeable later in the day. This condition tends to become progressively worse.
Although degenerative disc disease is often caused by the gradual effects of wear and tear damage over the years, trauma to the area may accelerate the process. If you have suffered an injury to the cervical region of your spine, you may be more likely to suffer from degenerative disc disease.
Back specialists often recommend trying conservative treatment measures for cervical degenerative disc disease, such as physical therapy. Stretching and exercising on a regular basis offers significant pain relief, and it can also help you maintain flexibility in your neck.
Your back specialist may recommend over-the-counter pain relievers for mild pain. If you suffer from significant discomfort, he or she may prescribe muscle relaxants or narcotic pain relievers. You could also benefit from an anti-inflammatory medication.
SpineOne is the premier source for relief of neck pain and back pain in the Denver area. If you have cervical degenerative disc disease or another spinal disorder, schedule an appointment with a back specialist by calling (888) 721-0459. We offer a comprehensive range of conservative treatment options under one roof.
The lumbar region is the lower area of your spine. Below that is the sacrum, which is a bone shaped like a triangle. The sacrum is connected to the left and right iliac bones. These joints are called the sacroiliac (SI) joints. They connect your pelvis to your spine. If you are experiencing back pain in this area, it could be due to wear and tear damage to the SI joints. These joints are responsible for holding up a great deal of weight when you stand, which can contribute to cartilage deterioration and arthritis over time.
SI joint dysfunction can also occur with pregnancy. The hormonal changes associated with pregnancy cause the relaxation of the ligaments in preparation for giving birth. Although the SI joints normally do not normally move very far, these changes can increase their range of motion. Plus, pregnancy lends itself to a change in walking pattern, which further stresses the SI joints. These factors lead to the possibility of greater wear and tear damage, and the back pain associated with it.
SpineOne is a leader in providing innovative spinal care to patients of Colorado. If you suffer from sacroiliac joint dysfunction, our team of back specialists can help restore you to health. Please call us today at (888) 721-0459 to schedule an appointment with a back specialist.
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