Trigger Point Injections Specialist

Progressive Wellness and Rehabilitation

Pain Management Specialists & Regenerative Medicine Specialists located in Naperville, Aurora, Wheaton, Geneva, Downers Grove, Warrenville, IL

When you have tight knots in your muscles that hurt and just won’t relax, trigger point injections may alleviate your pain. Men and women with this spastic pain who live in Warrenville, Illinois, can seek out this therapy from Dr. Bill Buchar of Progressive Wellness and Rehabilitation. Call the office or book an appointment online to find out if trigger point injections are right for you.

Trigger Point Injections Q & A

What are trigger points?

Trigger points are knots in muscles that just refuse to relax. The knots irritate nerves and can cause referred pain in other areas of your body. You may develop a trigger point from chronic overuse, trauma, or injury. In many cases, you can actually feel the tight knots of muscle just under the skin.

How does a trigger point injection work?

A trigger point injection relieves the tightness in the muscle by making the knot inactive, so your pain is alleviated. When Dr. Buchar inserts a small needle into the trigger point -- with or without medication -- it forces the knot to release. The trigger point injection alleviates your pain so you can focus on other therapies, such as exercise, postural corrections, and spinal alignments, that provide long-term relief.

What happens during a trigger point injection?

Dr. Buchar inserts a small needle into the tight portion of the muscle. The injected fluid contains a local anesthetic, saline, and possibly a corticosteroid to reduce inflammation. Your relief is almost immediate and can last for a long time. The injection takes just a few minutes, and you can have multiple knots treated in one visit.

What conditions can be treated with trigger point injections?

Trigger point injections are helpful in alleviating tight points in muscles of the arms, lower back, neck, and legs. Dr. Bucher usually recommends a trigger point injection for knots that can clearly be felt underneath the skin or with gentle palpation. He might recommend trigger point injections for pain associated with tension headaches and fibromyalgia, too.

Trigger point injections are often indicated when more conservative therapies, such as massage or physical therapy, fail to relieve pain. The relief brought about by trigger point injections can also reduce your need for pain medications.

How do I care for my body after a trigger point injection?

You should be able to go back to all your normal activities immediately following an injection. Dr. Bucher may recommend specific stretches and physical therapy exercises to restore full range of motion to the area treated.

If you find your pain worsens or recurs in the days following a trigger point injection, return to the office. The trigger point may not have been completely relieved or you may need additional injections.

If you have tight points in your muscles that cause constant, nagging pain, call the office or book an appointment online with Progressive Wellness and Rehabilitation to find out if trigger point injections can offer relief.