Muscle Pain

Sometimes constant or achy pain can be caused by muscle tension. The pain may be mild or severe, constant or worsened by certain postures or activities. Typically, this muscular pain can be treated with physical therapy, massage, acupuncture, topical creams, and gentle stretches. Also known as myalgia, muscle pain can be the result of a prolonged inflammatory condition. You may experience a sharp sensation associated with chronic pain anywhere in the body, but most commonly in the neck or between the shoulders. This pain can be accompanied by spasms in some occasions, leading to significant difficulties performing your daily activities.

At Interventional Spine of Vermont, we evaluate your muscular pain and use evidence based medicine as well as alternative approaches to design a comprehensive, personalized treatment plan. This can include referrals, medication recommendations, lifestyle advice, and procedures.

Procedures for muscular pain relief offered at Interventional Spine of Vermont.

Trigger Point Injection for Muscle Pain

A trigger point injection is an injection of anti-inflammatory (steroid) along with a local anesthetic in the area of maximum tenderness; it can be profoundly beneficial when used in conjunction with physical therapy to release tight muscles and relieve pain. The location of the injection will depend on where you are feeling your pain, and you may have anywhere from one to 6 injections.

Most trigger point injections are done “by feel”, but in some cases, your physician may use an ultrasound to visualize the exact location of the injection. Make an appointment today to see if trigger point injections may be used to relieve your pain.

Contraindications to trigger point injections include allergy to the medication injected (usually steroids and local anesthetic) and infection at the site of injection. Trigger point injections are safe to do even if you are taking a blood thinner in most areas of the body.

You may undergo trigger point injections for:

  • Neck Pain
  • Piriformis Syndrome
  • Thoracic Pain
  • Thoracic Outlet Syndrome
  • Scoliosis
  • Pain Between Your Shoulders

Botox Injections for Pain Management

It is a non-surgical treatment that alleviates acute & chronic pain by relaxing the muscles. Botox injections are considered a minimally invasive treatment for patients diagnosed with chronic pain in the muscles, back, or neck. Associated with the botulinum toxin, botox is a refined protein that helps relax overused and painful muscles.

While Botox injections are mainly used in cosmetic treatments, our interventional pain management specialists have helped countless patients with long-term pain relief.Botox injection is a local treatment that directly addresses the area of pain. Hence, it helps patients avoid any side effects or medication abuse associated with systemic treatments, muscle fatigue and other oral pain medications.

During the procedure, our physician will mark the location of the pain for the treatment. After identifying the sites for the botox injection treatment, the physician will inject a mixture of botulinum toxin and saline or local anesthetic. It includes 5 to 10 injections to successfully relax tensed muscles.

There is no specific recovery time and the patient can go home immediately after treatment. Most patients experience pain relief after a few days that can last anywhere from 4 to 8 months.
Botox Injections can be used to treat following conditions:

  • Cervical dystonia
  • Digital X-Rays
  • Lazy eye
  • Chronic migraine
  • Hyperhidrosis
  • Bladder dysfunction