Pain Management Specialists of Atlanta

Myofascial Pain

Myofascial Pain services offered in Stockbridge and Griffin, GA

Myofascial pain is one of the most common causes of chronic pain, affecting up to 85% of adults at one time or another. At Pain Management Specialists of Atlanta, PC in Stockbridge and Griffin, Georgia, board-certified pain management specialists Randall Berinhout, MD, and Dominic Seymore, MD, offer several types of minimally invasive treatments to relieve myofascial pain and prevent it from worsening. Call the nearest Pain Management Specialists of Atlanta, PC office today to schedule a myofascial pain consultation, or book your appointment online. 

Myofascial Pain Q & A

Does myofascial pain cause muscle soreness and discomfort?

Yes. Myofascial pain, also known as myofascial pain syndrome, causes inflammation in your muscles and fascia –– the thin connective tissue that envelopes your muscles. Myofascial pain often occurs in a specific area of the body after an injury. But it can also affect multiple muscle groups and interfere with your mobility. 

If you have persistent muscle pain that lasts for more than a week, contact Pain Management Specialists of Atlanta, PC, to identify the underlying cause.

What are the symptoms of myofascial pain?

Myofascial pain symptoms include:

  • Aching or throbbing pain
  • Tight or stiff muscles
  • Sore, tender muscles
  • Muscle weakness
  • Reduced range of motion
  • Trigger points (painful balls of inflamed muscle)
  • Fatigue
  • Poor sleep

As the condition worsens, you might develop behavioral symptoms, like depression or anxiety.

What causes myofascial pain?

The most common cause of myofascial pain is sports and work-related injuries. For example, lifting weights and using improper form might strain a muscle, resulting in inflammation and pain.

Other factors that increase your risk of myofascial pain include repetitive motions, like using hand tools, for example, and poor posture.

How does an integrative pain management specialist diagnose myofascial pain?

Your Pain Management Specialists of Atlanta, PC provider reviews your medical records, asks about your symptoms, and completes a physical exam. They check the muscles in the areas where you’re experiencing pain, looking for redness, bruising, and swelling. Your provider also gently presses on these areas to identify trigger points or tight muscle knots.

If your provider suspects another problem is the source of your pain, like a broken bone or a herniated disc, they order diagnostic imaging, like X-rays or an MRI. They might also ask you to walk back and forth or do some easy exercises to observe your gait (the way you walk) and posture.

How does an integrative pain specialist treat myofascial pain?

The Pain Management Specialists of Atlanta, PC team treats myofascial pain using a conservative and minimally invasive approach. They might suggest:

  • Physical therapy
  • Dry needling
  • Trigger point injections
  • Low-level light or cold laser therapy
  • Transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS)
  • Ultrasound therapy
  • Biofeedback

It might take several types of treatment to provide lasting relief, depending on the location and severity of your trigger points. 

Call the nearest Pain Management Specialists of Atlanta, PC office today to receive treatment for myofascial pain, or book your appointment online.