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Treatments You Can Try At Home For Trigger Points

Trigger points are tight knots of muscle in your neck, shoulders, or back that make movement painful and difficult. We have some suggestions you can use at home to relax tense muscles without delay.

When neck or back pain strikes, you want relief quickly. One of the causes of neck and back pain is a trigger point: a dense tight knot in the tissue of the diamond-shaped trapezius muscle supporting the upper back, shoulders, and neck. If you feel a bump of tense tissue that radiates pain when you press down on it, you have probably just located the trigger point that is giving you trouble. We’ve brought together some trigger point treatments to help you when the pain strikes.

Home trigger point treatments

There are a number of steps you can take at home to relax the muscle and ease the pain.

When to see a doctor

Most neck pain clears up within a few days or weeks. If your trigger points don’t respond to home treatments, it’s time to contact your Summit back specialist for medical evaluation and treatment. Summit Orthopedics is home to the area’s top spine specialists for trigger point treatment. If left untreated, the problems caused by muscle strain and stress can become cumulative, so it’s always better to treat pain sooner rather than later. Frequently, a program of physical and massage therapy, with trigger point injections as needed, can target and relax stubborn trigger points and put you on the road to recovery.

Summit Orthopedics offers comprehensive spine expertise

Our back specialists diagnose spine problems and design custom treatment plans built on a conservative, nonsurgical approach. Most patients find relief through treatments including guided injections, specialized physical therapy, biofeedback, exercise, activity modification, and medication. When conservative care does not relieve symptoms, our highly skilled surgeons offer proven, evidence-based surgical options. Together with you, we will determine the right course of action.

Start your journey to a healthy spine. Find your spine expert, request an appointment online, or call us at (651) 968–5201 to schedule a spine consultation.

Summit has convenient locations across the Minneapolis-St. Paul metro area, serving Minnesota and western Wisconsin. We have state-of-the-art centers for comprehensive orthopedic care in Eagan, MNPlymouth, MN, Vadnais Heights, MN, and Woodbury, MN, as well as additional community clinics throughout the metro and southern Minnesota.

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