When treating pain, it’s important that you take a holistic approach to reduce or eliminate your pain. While there are many pharmaceutical options available in order to deal with pain, many individuals opt for other non-invasive and non-systemic solutions. Finding medical practitioners, like Progressive Health and Rehab, that utilize holistic medicine practices in order to treat you and address problems from multiple angles can be tough. But here at Progressive Health and Rehab, we make it a priority to treat the whole you so that you can feel your best. Services that we offer, and have previously discussed on the blog, are trigger point and large point injections to help relieve pain in conjunction with other treatment options.

How does a trigger point injection help reduce pain?

A trigger point is a point in your myofascial tissue that causes pain, sometimes radiating, and can be found in an isolated location. This point can sometimes feel like a knot, or even be associated with additional musculoskeletal pain. However, a trigger point is not associated with widespread pain and should not be mistaken for conditions like Fibromyalgia. A trigger point injection can help in a few different ways. Most often, a trigger point injection is filled with a numbing agent, such as lidocaine. This injection helps to reduce inflammation and stop the pain cycle. Steroids can sometimes be used as well in order to provide additional relief. This injection is inserted into the myofascial tissue, or the casing just around the muscle, at the point of most localized pain. This goal is to relax the point and return it to an inactive state.

How does dry needling differ from a trigger point injection?

Dry needling is a similar technique that can be used to treat trigger point pain, however it is much less common. Dry needling is very similar to a trigger point injection, but the main difference is that no medications are injected into the myofascial tissue. Think of dry needling a bit like deep-tissue acupuncture. The needles are inserted dry into the myofascial tissue in order to help reduce inflammation and pain.

How quickly should I feel relief from a large point injection?

We often have clients ask how quickly they can expect relief from a large point injection into a joint like the knee or hip. While this does differ from patient to patient, most individuals will feel immediate relief. Because large point injections are typically composed of both a numbing agent and a steroid, the numbing agent will help you feel better quickly and the steroid will typically kick in fully with in a day or two, adding additional relief.

Will either of these injections hurt?

Regardless of your age, some people simply never get over a fear of needles, and we don’t blame you. People often ask if trigger point injections or large point injections will hurt. Like most things, the best answer is it depends. For those who receive trigger point injections, the most discomfort you should feel is a small prick. There should not be any discomfort outside of that. Large point injections are a bit trickier. Often, large point injections will be preceded by a numbing agent that will relieve most of the discomfort. While the needle can be uncomfortable going into the joint, you shouldn’t be in exceptional pain. Additionally, you will feel pressure in the joint when the steroid is added.

Progressive Health and Rehab in Gahanna have professionals available to answer any additional questions concerning trigger point and large point injections. We also have the skilled staff to help you with many different types of pain conditions. Call us today for more information and to schedule your first appointment!