Trigger Point Injections

Gain Wellness Center

Integrated Medical Practice located in Poway, CA

Trigger points are a common source of musculoskeletal pain, but trigger point injections can help. The medical team at Gain Wellness Center performs trigger point injections at their integrative clinic in Poway, California. To find out if trigger point injections can tame your pain, call the office or use the online booking feature to schedule a free consultation today.

Trigger Point Injections Q & A

What is a trigger point injection?

A trigger point is a muscle knot that causes pain. These knots form when the muscle can’t relax. You may be able to feel trigger points when you massage your muscles. 

The goal of trigger point injections is to relieve the pain these knots cause. A trigger point injection contains small amounts of anesthetic medication to block pain as well as a corticosteroid to reduce inflammation. 

In some cases, your Gain Wellness Center medical provider may insert a needle into the trigger point without injecting any medication. This technique is called dry needling, and it helps the muscle fibers to relax.

How do I know if trigger point injections are right for me?

You may benefit from trigger point injections if you have musculoskeletal pain due to trigger points. People experience trigger points associated with a wide range of conditions, including:

  • Myofascial pain syndrome
  • Headaches
  • Neck pain
  • Back pain
  • Fibromyalgia

The best way to find out if you’re a good candidate for trigger point injections is to schedule a complimentary consultation with Gain Wellness Center. 

In order to determine whether you have trigger points, you need to come into the office for a physical exam. Your provider can detect trigger points by palpating your muscles and checking for tenderness. These points don’t show up on imaging tests.

What should I expect from a trigger point injection?

Trigger point injections can soothe pain in your back, neck, arms, and legs. Depending on your needs, you may get several trigger point injections during one visit. 

During a trigger point injection, you sit or lie down in a comfortable position. Your Gain Wellness Center provider palpates your muscles to locate the trigger points. Then, they clean the area and administer the injection. The procedure takes only a few minutes.

Trigger point injections carry very few risks and side effects, but you may experience temporary numbness, soreness, or redness at the injection site. You can resume using your muscle right away after a trigger point injection. However, you should avoid strenuous exercise for a few days. 

If you think trigger point injections may be right for you, call Gain Wellness Center or book a free consultation online today.