Seven years ago I was mountain biking in Colorado, cruising downhill at 40 miles an hour. I rounded a bend and just as I cleared the corner a dog ran in front of my bike. I braked hard, flipped over the handlebars, and landed on my left shoulder, tearing the ligaments connecting my collarbone and shoulder blade clean through.
They said I needed surgery to repair the joint, but I was hesitant to commit to general anesthesia and a long recovery period. I began looking for more natural options. I found a local practitioner who was skilled in dilute biological trigger point injection therapy and signed up for weekly treatments. After only 4 weeks, I was out of my brace and beginning to recover. I was blown away by the speed of recovery, and the reduction in pain I experienced with each treatment — I knew I needed to be able to offer this treatment to my patients.
Trigger Point Injection Therapy is a safe, natural, effective treatment for acute and chronic pain. I have used it successfully in my practice over the last 6 years to help my patients recover from sports injuries, bulging discs, sciatica, sprains, strains, plantar fasciitis, adhesive capsulitis, chronic headaches and migraines and carpal tunnel syndrome, and to decrease arthritic pain in knees, hands, shoulders, hips, and the spine. It’s works incredibly well in conjunction with chiropractic care, massage therapy, and acupuncture, and even in times when these other therapies have failed to resolve the pain.
When to Use Trigger Point Therapy:
Trigger Point Injection Therapy is indicated for relief of acute and chronic pain in muscles that have been strained or injured, are in spasm, or have chronic tension. Often, pressing on specific areas of the muscle triggers a pain sensation, hence the term “Trigger Point”. Injecting lidocaine (a mild anesthetic similar to the novocaine your dentist uses) into those points reduces or eliminates tension and pain and restores motion. Almost any muscle can be treated using this technique including shoulders, back, hips and legs. It can be used to relieve recent pain as well as resolving conditions that have been present for many years. By relieving the muscle tension around the spine, it can also be helpful in controlling symptoms of nerve tingling or numbness and other symptoms caused by spinal disc problems.
The American Family Practice journal has found Trigger Point Injection Therapy to be one of the most effective treatment modalities to inactivate trigger points and provide prompt relief of pain.
What is in the injections?
We use a combination of lidocaine, an anesthetic, and homeopathic products such as Traumeel (arnica), because rather than just blocking a pain message, homeopathic products stimulate the body to heal. This often results in greater success than dry needling or just injecting an anesthetic, and there is often less post-injection discomfort. The homeopathic effect usually creates progressive improvement with each treatment. The number of treatments required varies depending upon the condition.
Conditions that benefit from trigger point therapy:
- Chronic pain from old injuries
- Arthritis (Both Rheumatoid and Osteoarthritis)
- Disc degeneration
- Back pain
- Neck Pain
- Hip Pain
- Knee Pain
- Hand Pain
- Shoulder Pain
- Chronic headaches
- Plantar fasciitis
- Rotator cuff sprains, strains, or tears
- Adhesive capsulitis
- Carpal Tunnel
- Thoracic Outlet Syndrome (numbness in arm and hands caused by nerve compression)
- Chronic Headaches/Migraines
Seven years later I have equal strength and mobility in both arms, and I couldn’t be happier with my long term recovery. If you or someone you know is struggling with acute or chronic pain, contact our Seattle or Kent offices to learn more!