Trigger Point Injections Specialist

Southern Pain and Spine

Pain Management & Interventional Spine Specialists located in Athens, GA & Fayetteville, GA

When you have a muscle knot, it becomes very hard to ignore the pain, tightness, and spasms in the area. At Southern Pain and Spine in Gainesville, Georgia, Ankur Patel, DO, RPH, and the team offer trigger point injections to relieve the knots and chronic pain associated with musculoskeletal conditions. To learn more about trigger points injections, call Southern Pain and Spine, or spend a few moments on the online booking page.

Trigger Point injections Q&A

What are trigger points?

Trigger points are painful knots or nodules in your muscles that form after injuries, muscle overuse, stress, or poor posture. You can physically feel them when pressing on your muscle, an action that usually causes radiating pain. 

Trigger points often appear on your:

  • Neck
  • Shoulders
  • Upper spine
  • Lower back

While these are the most common areas for trigger points, they can also appear on your arms or legs in some cases. You can have one or many trigger points, and the discomfort they generate can range from mildly uncomfortable to severe. 

What are trigger point injections?

Trigger point injections are used to improve muscle pain. They work by introducing a local anesthetic or corticosteroid medication into the painful tissue. 

These injections help reduce inflammation in the area. As the local anesthetic wears off, the contracted muscle tissue will often release and provide immediate pain relief. The entire process for trigger point injections just takes a few moments. 

In addition, if you have multiple trigger points you’d like injections, this can be taken care of during the same appointment. 

Trigger point injections may help relieve pain in your neck, arms, lower back, and legs. It’s also a great option for fibromyalgia as well as certain types of headaches. 

What conditions can trigger point injections help treat?

Several medical conditions are associated with the development of trigger points. At Southern Pain and Spine, the team may recommend trigger point injections to treat pain from:

  • Chronic headaches and migraines 
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Whiplash 
  • Chronic pelvic pain syndrome

If you still have pain from your condition after physical medicine treatments, trigger point injections can give you fast relief. These conditions often cause recurring trigger points, so you may need to book regular injections.

What happens after trigger point injections? 

After a trigger point injection, the pain at the trigger point immediately dissipates. In some rare cases, they can cause some pain or feelings of pressure for a few days. 

If your trigger point injection involves medication, you might feel soreness or numbness in the injection area. To minimize any soreness, your provider may recommend you to avoid strenuous activities and muscle use for several days.

To relieve the discomfort associated with trigger points, call Southern Pain and Spine to schedule a consultation, or spend some time on the online booking page.