Muscle pains are a fairly common occurrence which will usually go away on their own. However, extreme muscle pain and spasms, along with knotted muscles that won’t relax, are something to be aware of. These knotted muscles are known as trigger points, which are tight bands or small areas of muscle that are very sensitive to touch and pressure. Trigger points are painful on their own, but they can also irritate surrounding nerves and cause additional pain.
Trigger points may be caused by traumatic injury, overexertion, muscle tension and pinched spinal nerves. They most commonly occur in the neck, shoulders and back. Trigger point injection (TPI) has become widely accepted and is one of the most effective treatment options available.
In the TPI procedure, a chiropractor inserts a small needle into the patient’s trigger point. The injection, containing cortisone and lidocaine, deactivates the trigger point and alleviates the pain. The biggest benefit of TPI is the immediate relief and comfort which then lasts for several weeks.
Chiropractors will teach stretching and strengthening exercises at physical therapy to help prevent trigger points from forming again. If left untreated, trigger points can lead to further restriction and pain on the spine.
Apple Health & Wellness is a multidisciplinary clinic that emphasizes total body wellness and provides patients with innovative, proven solutions that help them achieve their healthcare goals. The Knoxville-based clinic integrates chiropractic, physical therapy and rehabilitation, medical care and podiatry to deliver the best patient outcomes.