Treat painful muscle areas with trigger point injection therapy from John M. Bacso Muscle Therapy Inc. in Fort St. John. The trigger point injection procedure targets trigger points or knots of muscle that form when your muscles don’t relax. These knots can sometimes be felt under the skin and may irritate the nerves around the area, causing referred pain. Trigger point injection is injected right into these trigger points to decrease pain and reset muscle length.
The trigger point injection may be sodium chloride, dextrose (sugar water), or anesthetic such as procaine or a combination of the same. Sometimes only a needle without medication is injected into the trigger point. This technique is called “dry needling.” The injection renders the trigger point inactive and pain is relieved. On average, a brief course of treatments can sustain relief. Additionally, several sites may be injected in one visit.
Prolotherapy injection therapy targets ligaments and tendons surrounding joints in our body. The dextrose provides nutrition to ligaments and tendons, enhancing the function of the problematic joint.
By causing low-grade, temporary inflammation at the site of the injection, fibroblasts are activated in the area. This inflammation elevates secondary growth factors. By stimulating inflammation, phototherapy creates new growth in connective tissue, repairing sequences that had prematurely died off or never began.
Prolotherapy can be useful in treating musculoskeletal pain and injuries that have not resolved after two months — or where advanced healing before the eight-week recovery time is desired. Prolotherapy can also be beneficial years after the initial problem or pain started, so long as you are relatively healthy. Unlike the short-term “fixes” of drugs and cortisone injections, prolotherapy is seen as a long-term solution and one that actively helps to repair painful and weak joint areas.
During a trigger point injection treatment, we locate the trigger point by manual palpation. The injection site is cleaned with alcohol or iodine, and the needle is inserted. If there is medication, it is injected.
Should the injection area be painful after the treatment, ice, heat, acetaminophen, ibuprofen, or naproxen sodium may be used. Discomfort is expected with needle penetrating the skin. A transient sharp pain may also be felt when a needle is injected into scars or acupuncture areas. With trigger point injection, one will feel a twitch response as the trigger point is needled, along with a brief pain referral, a body jerk, or a deep ache. The injected areas will often feel achy and tight after treatment. This can be relieved with moist heat, gentle stretching, and rest. Bruising may occur.
Trigger point injection can treat:
Vitamin B is necessary for normal function of the brain and nervous system, as well as the formation of blood cells. Vitamin B Injections are useful in balancing hormones and energy levels, as well as combating vitamin deficiencies that lead to Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), depression and memory loss. Vitamin B shots are provided every 7 to 14 days over a period of 2 to 3 months.
Get in touch with John M. Bacso Muscle Therapy Inc. to book an appointment for trigger point injection treatments.