If you suffer from migraines, life can come to a halt when one strikes. Sometimes, migraines can seem to come out of nowhere, with a blinding pain that can disrupt your life. One of the possible causes of migraines are trigger points, a knotted band of muscles that can trigger pain, both localized in the muscle and referred pain such as migraines. Trigger point injections can offer pain relief for many people who have migraines or severe tension headaches.
What Are Trigger Point Injections?
Trigger points are knotted bands of muscles that can cause localized and referred pain. These knotted muscles can be caused by an injury or trauma – the muscle can become inflamed and refuses to relax. Trigger point injections are treatments used to loosen these tight muscle knots. Once a trigger point is located, an injection of local anesthetic and an anti-inflammatory medication can be delivered to the area. This can help reduce tightness, pain and inflammation in the muscle, offering immediate and long-term relief.
How Do Trigger Point Injections Help Migraines?
Trigger points can cause referred pain, often experienced as tension headaches or migraines. If a knotted muscle is triggering migraines by impacting surrounding nerves, relieving the muscle inflammation and pain may also relieve the migraines or headaches. The key is to see a medical professional that is experienced at finding trigger points. Once the knotted muscle is located, it can be determine if it is the cause of migraine headaches. Delivering the right medication to the affected muscle can give both local and referred pain relief.
Migraine Pain Management in Phoenix
Sarah Quinn, our medical director, has spent many years helping her patients with pain management. Trigger point injections are one of the treatments she offers to help relieve many different types of muscle and nerve pain, including migraines. If you have been suffering from migraines, she can help determine whether trigger point injections may be a suitable treatment to help give you relief. To learn more about trigger point or anti-inflammatory injections and other migraine pain management treatments, call our office to schedule a consultation with Sarah Quinn.