Trigger Point Injections

Trigger Point Therapy

Sometimes pain is caused by trigger points. This happens when a muscle sustains a contraction, forming what may be felt as a knot, which restricts movement and causes muscle weakness. The pain may be referred or radiating and it may be secondary to another problem, though it can also be the primary problem. Often activated by trauma or repetitive motion, trigger points can be treated through trigger point therapy.

Silver Spring Medical Center conducts Trigger Point Therapy in the office, by injecting a very fine gauge needle, not much larger than an acupuncture needle, directly into the involved muscle. These needles typically contain small amount of local anesthetic, with or without steroids, or they may contain SUPARTZ. Used for osteoarthritis in the knee, SUPARTZ is a non-surgical, non-pharmacologic solution containing hyaluronan, a lubricant substance found naturally occurring in the knee joint. SUPARTZ is approved for 5 weekly injections, but most people find relief after only three injections.

A physical medicine clinic with a leading multidisciplinary team of health professionals, Silver Spring Medical Center has served the Silver Spring and greater Washington DC communities for over 14 years. The clinic offers a comprehensive approach to physical medicine, and the capable staff is dedicated to getting you out of pain and back to your normal daily activities as quickly as possible. Treatments plans utilize physical therapy, rehabilitation, manual medicine techniques including osteopathic, physical therapy techniques, massage therapy and traditional medicine.