Trigger Point Injections

Indications:

Trigger Point injections are 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 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. Overall trigger point injections can treat the following:

  • Pain – relief often felt immediately
  • Muscle tension and spasm
  • Numbness and tingling caused by muscle spasm
  • Osteoarthritis – improves function while reducing pain
  • Chronic pain
Method:

This treatment method has been practiced since the 1960s.  Over time, the procedure has become more refined and now there are several injection methods.

Dr. Jessica Wendling uses a local anesthetic such as Lidocaine and has adopted more natural methods, including injecting homeopathic products such as Traumeel and Lymphomyosot. Rather than just blocking pain, homeopathic products stimulate the body to heal. This often results in greater success than dry needling or simply 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 and we recommend weekly treatments until pain has resolved – typically 1-6 treatments. Then patient can spread visits out to once every month or two for maintenance.

Homeopathic products act differently than drugs, and this treatment is not the same as cortisone (steroid) 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. Also, there is a limit to how many cortisone injections can be given in a particular body region, as this drug can actually cause long-term damage to the muscle or bone in the injected area. Instead, we use products that are not harmful and actually promote healing.

How it feels:

The injections might feel like something similar to acupuncture with a slight to moderate sensation of pain or sting.  The pain usually goes away immediately after the injection (within seconds). The injection only penetrates into the muscle, never as far as a joint or tendon/ligament attachments to the bone, and rarely needs to be deep. Occasionally someone might experience some slight swelling, bruising or inflammation after the injection but this can be decreased with icing or the use of an additional homeopathic product provided by your doctor.

Other benefits:

Usually, the Trigger Point injections allow other treatment modalities such as massage, chiropractic, physical therapy and acupuncture, to provide much more benefit. Once significant symptom improvement has occurred from the injections, these other modalities can then add further support and create long term strengthening and alignment of the body.

Spinal adjustments

Naturopathic physicians are trained to do high velocity spinal adjustments, just as chiropractors are.

Naturopathic spinal adjustments often include stretching, heat, and exercises, along with nutritional recommendations so that your realignment is long-lasting and pain symptoms are more quickly reduced.

IV and nutrient therapy

The perfect boost during cold and flu season, after a heavy night of drinking, or preparing for that big presentation or finals week. 

IV therapy:

We offer saline bags for basic hydration and as a base for the following nutrients and vitamins:

  • Vitamin B12 (as methylcobalamin)
  • Vitamin B Complex
  • Magnesium 
  • Taurine
  • Lioptropic mixture – MIC, L-Carnitine
  • Glutathione
Nutrient injections:

Quick shots to boost energy and shed toxins. Also helpful in losing weight and boosting immunity. 

  • Vitamin B12 (as methylcobalamin)
  • Vitamin B Complex
  • Lioptropic mixture – MIC, L-Carnitine