What Are Trigger Points and How Do You Treat Them?

The human body mass is comprised of more than 60% muscle mass. Considering the muscle is responsible for all movement, it is understandable that our muscles are subjected to fatigue, overuse and injury.

The muscle contracts as we move, which is considered a voluntary action. When the muscle contracts involuntarily, this is a spasm. It is considered a Trigger Point when a small portion of the muscle contracts involuntarily causing pain and dysfunction.

Trigger points, commonly referred to as muscle knots, form when the muscle is overworked or injured. Tiny knots form in the muscle and can cause lower back pain, neck pain, shoulder pain, joint pain, and headaches.

Trigger point therapy relieves muscular pain at its source by releasing soft tissue, which increases the blood flow to reduce the muscular pain.

The results and benefits of trigger point therapy are releasing muscular knots and thus relieving pain. After just one treatment you will feel a significant reduction in pain.

For more information, check out our page devoted to Trigger Point Therapy.

Prolotherapy: What You Need to Know

Let’s start with what prolotherpay means. “Prolo” is short for proliferation. So, prolotherapy is a proliferation therapy. It results in the formation of new ligament tissue in areas that have become weak. The treatment involves several injections into part of a joint. This triggers the growth of connecting tissue, which alleviates the targeted pain.

Does it hurt? The injection is considered mild to moderately painful. There may be a resulting soreness for 3-7 days. Tylenol, or acetaminophen, can help to relieve any soreness you may experience.

Are there any medication interactions? Prolotherapy is intended to help the targeted area to heal. Inflammation is a natural part of the healing process, and therefore, you should not take any anti-inflammatory drugs (Advil, Ibuprofen, etc.). Aspirin may also interfere with the healing process, and you should limit your use. The results of prolotherapy may be slower and less effective if any of these medications are used.

What does it treat? Stretched or torn ligaments, torn tendons, and loose capsule surrounding joints may all be treated with prolotherapy. Additionally, cartilage may be repaired and thickened with the treatment of prolotherapy.

How do I know if it could help me? If you are able to point to an exact source of pain on your body, chances are prolotherapy can help you. It is not used to treat muscular pain, but pain derived from tissue injuries. It is always best to schedule a consultation and speak with your doctor about how prolotherapy may help you.

How long does it take before I know if I have improved? Some patients experience a dramatic reduction in pain after the first visit. However, most experience improvement within 3-4 visits.

For more information, read about Prolotherapy!

Repair Tissue With Prolotherapy

The human body is prone to injury due to a network of fragile connective tissues. Through exercise, lifting, pulling and pushing, we are bound to endure an injury of some form.

It is rare to go through life without bearing an injury, such as spraining the ankle, wrist, back or neck. Once you have sprained an area of the body, it may be sprained recurrently. Following an injury, the area injured is prone to arthritic changes.

Prolotherapy is an alternative method to stimulate the repair of connective tissue. The Mayo Clinic stated that when chronic ligament and tendon pain fail to respond to physical therapy, Prolotherapy could be extremely successful. Additionally, when surgery remains the only option to relive such chronic pain, Prolotherapy is a far less invasive and expensive option.

With a series of injections, designed to produce inflammation, Prolotherapy treats injured tissue. With injury, inflammation is natural response, which stimulates substances to flow through the blood to promote healing. Since ligaments and tendons lack the blood flow needed, it is common for them to heal incompletely.

While some injections provide temporary relief, Prolotherapy are designed to provide permanent benefit. There are several studies that show the benefits of Prolotherapy.

For more information on Prolotherapy please click here! 

The 4 Benefits of PRP for Tennis Elbow

Tennis elbow is characterized by pain across the outside of the elbow to the forearm and back of the hand, when grasping or twisting. It is most commonly caused by overuse of the forearm muscle. Those with tennis elbow will experience a pain or burning on the outer elbow and weak grip strength.

Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) therapy is an innovative method used to relieve chronic pain involving the tendons, muscles and ligaments (in this case the extensor tendon). It is proven to be a safe and effective way of treating both the symptom and cause of pain.

Here are a few benefits of PRP:

  1. Low risk. PRP uses the patient’s own cells for the healing process, which eliminates the possibility of foreign antibodies reacting negatively to the treatment. Additionally, it is a non-invasive treatment, which eliminates risk tremendously.
  2. Short treatment. PRP treatment takes relatively an hour to two hours. It requires no downtime, meaning you can go right back to work after!
  3. Minimal appointments. Over a period of six months three treatments are recommended. In fact, patients find relief after just two treatments.
  4. Minimal side effects. Compared to other treatments, PRP has the least side effects. The most common side effect includes minor bruising.

PRP is worth trying as it is non-invasive, requires no-down time, and most importantly is effective in treating tennis elbow.

Author
Dr. Alexander Kulick

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