Myofascial trigger points, also known as myofascial pain or “muscle knots”, are extremely irritated spots located within the muscle, particularly skeletal muscle. Trigger points can pull on nearby ligaments and tendons, leading to sharp pain, limited movement, and interference with normal activity. Muscle spasm, weakness, and referred pain are common as well.
Muscle problems are best treated with a combination of chiropractic care, physical therapy, and nutritional considerations; however, trigger point injections can provide helpful, short-term relief, allowing treatment plans to be much more effective.
Myofascial trigger point injections alleviate pain while relaxing muscle contraction and releasing small tissue adhesions. They do not contain steroids which have been shown to breakdown connective tissue with repeated use.
Myofascial Trigger Point Injections at Elevate Medical:
● Lidocaine 1% – a local anesthetic that reduces pain by blocking nerve impulses that send sensations to the brain. Lidocaine only affects the area where it is injected. It starts working within 90 seconds and the effects last about 20 minutes.
● Sarapin – a natural anti-inflammatory derived from the Pitcher plant with no known side effects. Sarapin works by stopping pain signals in the nerves of the spine where they exit the spinal column. It does not affect any other nerve functions or motor functions, and it is not affected by heat or cold. Sarapin is used as an alternative to cortisone or steroids. Depending on severity of condition, Sarapin may be injected several times over the course of four to 12 weeks; relief is typically felt for several weeks.
If you are interested in learning more about Myofascial Trigger Point Injections, please call Elevate Medical at 720.907.6767.