Trigger Point Injections for the Treatment of Fibromyalgia
Fibromyalgia Fibromyalgia is a Syndrome, characterised by chronic and widespread musculoskeletal pain and fatigue. It is defined as a long term, widespread muscle pain, commonly affecting the soft tissues of the body. Symptoms can often also include restless sleep, awakening feeling pain, anxiety, depression and disturbances of bowel function.
Unfortunately the cause of Fibromyalgia is unknown, but there are thought to be multiple factors involved. Research shows that patients who suffer from fibromyalgia have changes that occur in the peripheral and central nervous systems. These changes make patients hypersensitive and more likely to experience pain. Clinical examination can often reveal multiple trigger points- these are taut bands of muscle which, when pushed (palpated) on examination reproduce the pain. There are various treatment types for these trigger points.
Trigger Point Injections Trigger point injections are used to treat these painful areas of muscles. These tender trigger points are formed when the muscle is unable to relax and consequently as a result the muscle becomes fatigued. They irritate the nerves around them and cause pain that is felt in other parts of the body, due to the interconnected nature of the body’s muscle groups. There are a variety of factors that can lead to the formation of trigger points. These include, repetitive strain, fatigue, trauma to the muscular or skeletal tissues, repetitive poor posture, lack of activity and nutritional deficiencies. Accumulated tension from long-term stress is also a predominant cause.
A natural anti-inflammatory substance called Traumeel is injected into the identified trigger point, relieving the pain in any muscle group that is effected – particularly those in the arms, legs, lower back and neck. In this way, the chronic pains symptoms of fibromyalgia, that often do not respond to other forms of treatment, can be relieved. This form of treatment has delivered fantastic results, is minimally invasive and has no side-effects. If this fails then corticosteroid injection can be used with local anaesthetic.
Procedure During the procure, the clinician will inset a small needle directly into the patient’s trigger point, in a pretty painless experience. The trigger point is made inactive with the injection’s administration, alleviating the pain. These injections only take a few minutes, and patient’s will be free to leave the clinic shortly after their administration. A brief course of injections will usually result in sustained relief from the more painful symptoms of fibromyalgia.
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