Trigger Point Injection Therapy

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Trigger point injection therapy is a great choice for any outstanding, unresolved chronic pain or new acute pain.

If you’ve tried lots of other therapies with limited resolution, are taking painkillers that you’d rather not be, are contemplating cortisone injections or surgery, trigger point injection therapy can offer you a less invasive, less costly alternative to resolve your pain.

Dr. Carter is trained in homeopathic trigger point injection therapy and loves helping people break out of their pain cycle so they can get back to what matters most to them and lead more productive, meaningful lives.

Leave the fatigue, tension, discomfort, aches, spasms, limited mobility, anxiety, depression, and stress of chronic pain behind.

Learn more about homeopathic Trigger Point Injection Therapy:

 

What is a trigger point?

Trigger points are tight, sore areas in muscle tissue that are caused by trauma or injury, strains/sprains, chronic overwork, poor posture, and stress to name a few!

They can result in discomfort and pain (dull/achy, sharp, radiating, burning), muscle spasm, decreased range of motion, and can aggravate tension headaches, vertebral disc issues, pull vertebrae out of alignment, and leave you prone to further injury by encouraging you to favor another area of your body.

What conditions does it help?

Trigger point injection therapy is a great choice for musculoskeletal issues, as well as abominal/visceral issues.

  • low back pain
  • shoulder, neck, knee, elbow, wrist, ankle, and back pain
  • sciatica
  • joint inflammation
  • arthritis
  • strain/sprain
  • carpal tunnel syndrome
  • plantar fasciitis
  • edema
  • tension headaches and migraines
  • muscle spasms
  • muscle tension
  • nerve pain/tingling
  • chronic overuse injuries
  • bulging discs
  • fibromyalgia
  • painful periods/cramping
  • GI spasm/cramping
  • pain from surgical scar tissue (*occasionally Dr. Carter uses a different injectable for scar tissue work)
  • Gallbladder spasm/colic
  • Stomach pain/cramping
  • Bladder pain/spasm
What are the benefits?

People experience less pain, greater mobility, and resolution of long-standing pain issues that other therapies such as massage, chiropractic, and acupuncture sometimes cannot address fully.

People also experience better sleep, less chronic stress, and better moods when their pain is less present or resolved.

For any health concern, it is best to use multiple modalities to help address all angles of your discomfort. Trigger point therapy works well in conjunction with other therapies like naturopathic medicine, massage, acupuncture, and chiropractic work in order to address your whole body comprehensively and sometimes will help these other therapies to work more effectively.

What should I expect during and after treatment?

It is expected that injection sites will sting for a brief time during and after the injection.

The sting tells us that we’re in the right place!

Dr. Carter can use an anesthetic with the injections to help with any discomfort (but it will probably still sting a little bit — just want you to be prepared!).

Occasionally you might experience more pain if an injected area has been inflamed for a long time or is in acute spasm. The pain usually goes away immediately after the injection.

The injection only penetrates into the muscle, never as far as a joint or tendon/ligament attachments to the bone.

You may bleed a little during the injections and bruising, slight swelling, and a little inflammation can occur after treatments.

Homeopathics can create a “healing response” by clearing out excess inflammation and old accumulated tissue and debris. You may experience a flare of your pain for up to 48 hours after the treatment. Dr. Carter has special protocols to help you manage any symptom flares that she will happily explain to you during your treatment!

It is important not to take pain killers like aspirin, IB profen, Tylenol, Aleve, etc. These medications suppress the body’s healing response, which is exactly what we are trying to stimulate! These medications will slow or stop the healing process the injections are helping to generate.

How often do I need to come in to see results?

Dr. Carter recommends a minimum series of 4 injection appointments, ideally once a week, in order to assess how valuable the treatment is for you.

Most people see improvement after the first session. The treatments build on each other, and we want to get you in front of the pain, not just playing catch up with it.

After the series of 4 appointments, Dr. Carter will recommend a follow up schedule (if needed) that fits your healthcare needs.

Treatment frequency and amount varies greatly based on your condition, how long you’ve been experiencing it, and your overall state of health.

Why do you use homeopathics?

Because they’re awesome! But seriously… they are.

Homeopathics stimulate the body’s natural healing ability, which is why people find these injections more therapeutic than a cortisone shot that suppresses the body’s natural functions (and significantly weakens tissue over time).

By gentling stimulating the body to heal instead of blocking a pain message, repairs happen more quickly, with less irritation, and better, longer-lasting results.

Homeopathics do not interact with other medications and they are safe in pregnancy and breastfeeding.

How is this different from cortisone injections?

Cortisone injections often need to be deep in the muscle and can be very painful. While they can be effective, repeat treatment is often required as the drug effect wears off over time. There is a limit to how many injections can be given in a particular body area, as this drug can actually cause long-term damage to the muscle or bone in the injected area by weakening it.

Trigger point injections stimulate the body’s healing response instead of suppressing it and are less invasive. The homeopathic products encourage the body to heal the damaged area, unlike a steroid which shuts down the healing response.

How is this different from prolotherapy?

Prolotherapy injections are done at a much greater depth, with larger needles, commonly going directly into joint spaces, and use a pro-inflammatory irritant in order to recruit the immune system to help heal the body. Trigger point injection therapy is less invasive, lower risk, and uses homeopathics to stimulate a healing response. Dr. Carter is happy to talk to you about the risks and benefits of each therapy and help you decide which is right for you.

How much do you charge?

Injection therapy sessions are $160 for the first visit (60 minutes) and $120 for follow up visits (30 minutes).

For those wishing to receive injection therapy as well as Dr. Carter’s typical appointments which involve acupuncture, naturopathic medicine, and craniosacral therapy, the cost per session is $60 in addition to the cost of the appointment. Many times multiple modalities are the best way to approach chronic pain issues and Dr. Carter may suggest adding acupuncture, massage, chiropractic work, or diet and lifestyle changes to your treatment for the best results.

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