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Could Your Pain Be Caused By Trigger Points?
|Chiropractic Care for Trigger Points|
Trigger points associated with lower back and leg pain are commonly found the iliotibial band (located at the outer thigh), as well as in muscles in and around the hips and buttocks, including the psoas, gluteus maximus, and piriformis. Trigger points associated with upper back, neck, and arm pain are commonly found muscles near the upper back and neck such as the the shawl area which includes the trapezius muscle, the rhomboid muscles, and the levator scapulae.
These chronic, persistent, localized muscle spasms are caused by chronic poor posture, biomechanical faults, and stress. Any or all of these factors may be involved. Stress may be ongoing, depending on the person's circumstances, but posture and biomechanics can definitely be addressed and significantly improved with chiropractic care.
Your Millar Chiropractor will analyze and identify any biomechanical issues you may have - especially those involving spinal misalignments. He or she will design a treatment plan specifically tailored for your individual needs and, if necessary, your chiropractor will help educate you regarding good postural habits and exercises that will be beneficial for many years to come.
So how do we correctly identify the source and cause of upper or lower extremity radiating pain? The key is to accurately characterize the nature of the pain.
Radiating pain caused by trigger points is diffuse - in other words, it broadly covers a region of the body. This diffuse pain is described as "scleratogenous", meaning that it is pain referred from connective tissue such as a muscle or tendon. Radiating pain that is caused by a compressed spinal nerve (usually caused by a herniated disc, for example) is described as "radicular" or "dermatomal". This pain is confined to a specific area - the area supplied by a specific spinal nerve. For example, pain involving the thumb and index finger could be caused by compression of the C6 spinal nerve. Pain involving the outside of the foot and the little toe could be caused by compression of the S1 spinal nerve.