So, I went to a physiatrist 4 weeks ago.
He felt he could get me lower pain at night and upon getting up with just PT (new stretches, massage, tens, strength).
It seems I'm holding 'steady'. I know 4 weeks isn't much time. I asked my PT if he felt I was making progress since I have a follow up with the Physiatrist this week.
He said I'm making progress but it's slow and my facet (?) muscles are really tight and have been for some time. He said the doctor might recommend trigger point injections but only if it was something I was comfortable with.
I've been trying to read on these. Are they ESI? or are they more like botox in the muscle? I'm really confused.
I realize the doctor will explain them if they make sense. but wanted to get a jump start. I assume they will do them right into the trigger points that are causing a great deal of pain when they try to massage.
What are they?
Does anyone have any articles?
Are they painful? Do they work? What do I need to be worried about in regards to side-effects?