Trigger Point Injections
What are trigger point injections?
A trigger point injection (TPI) is an injection that is given directly into the trigger point for pain management. Trigger points are focal areas of spasm and inflammation in skeletal muscle. The rhomboid and trapezius back muscles, located in the upper back and behind the shoulder areas, are a common site of trigger points.
Trigger points in these areas can cause neck pain, shoulder pain, and headache. In addition to the upper spine, trigger points can also occur in the low back or less commonly in the extremities. Trigger point injections can be used to treat a number of conditions including fibromyalgia, tension headache, and myofascial pain syndrome.
Naltrexone is an opioid antagonist, meaning it blocks the opioid receptors in your brain. These receptors are meant to respond to endorphins – your body’s natural “feel good” chemicals. Opioids attach to these same receptors and produce a similar result. They block pain, slow breathing, and produce generally calming and anti-depressing effect.
LDN can be used for any autoimmune condition, although it has typically been found most effective for painful conditions. Both experts and patients have seen success with LDN in almost every autoimmune disease, including:
- Rheumatoid Arthritis
- Ulcerative Colitis
- Multiple Sclerosis
- Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
- Sjogren’s Syndrome
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