Trigger Point Therapy

Trigger points are small patches of tightly contracted muscle, an isolated spasm. These hyper-irritated spots are typically associated with tight bands of muscle fibers and are a common cause of muscular pain.

They usually develop due to a muscular overload and may be the result of a local area of ischemia (blood loss).  Compression of a trigger point may elicit local tenderness, referred pain, or motor dysfunction. 

Trigger point therapy can be a very effective method of decreasing pain, while increasing mobility and flexibility.

In some cases, when other forms of therapy prove ineffective, trigger point injection (TPI) may be considered. In the TPI procedure, Dr. Shalita inserts a small needle into the patient's trigger point. The injection contains a local anesthetic. With the injection, the trigger point is rendered inactive and the pain is alleviated. A brief course of several injections may be necessary to provide sustained relief. 

TPI is used to treat many muscle groups, especially those in the arms, legs, lower back, and neck.