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Trigger Point Injections

Shoulder Pain

Trigger point injections are used to treat excruciating painful areas of a muscle, which are categorized by the presence of trigger points. A trigger point is a disturbed area in the muscle that feels either very tight or like there is a knot in the muscle. These can also be categorized by a taut band of muscle, and are tender when deep pressure is applied or there is a palpation.

Trigger points can occur on any muscle in the body, but the most common areas they develop are neck, back, and shoulders. The presence of trigger points restricts blood flow into and out of the area. This then irritates the surrounding nerves and often causes referred pain. In other words, pain from a trigger point can be felt in another part of the body, but in close proximity to the original site. The presence of trigger points can be a muscle problem or secondary to trauma, scar tissue formation, fibromyalgia, surgery and many other conditions.

Trigger point injections are a simple procedure performed in the Affinity Medical Group office.

Our medical providers will work with you to identify the exact trigger point locations.

After cleansing the skin, a small needle is inserted directly into the trigger point. The injection is tolerated very well by most people. In other words, they are not overly painful. Many patients request receiving trigger point injections in another area after they have had them on another. For example, many patients receive trigger point injections on top of their shoulder and inside their shoulder blades. Those same patients often ask to have trigger point injections in their lower back, or in their neck also.

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New Hope, MN 55427