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TRIGGER POINT THERAPIES & INJECTIONS 

INJECTIONS

Steroid Injections

Steroid medications can be injected into joints or other parts of the body to help reduce pain and inflammation for a few weeks to months.  They are generally most helpful to control pain just enough to allow a person to begin rehabilitation exercises.  Other agents, such as hyaluronic acid, can also be injected into joints such as in the case of osteoarthritis.

Read some of our steroid injection FAQs here.

Vaccine

Platelet Rish Plasma (PRP) Injections 

This new and innovative injection therapy is used to treat acute and chronic MSK problems. It is reserved for painful conditions that have not improved with standard therapies such as exercise, physiotherapy, chiropractic, massage or athletic therapy. The majority of evidence favours PRP for treatment of mild-moderate osteoarthritis, but it has also shown some improvements in pain and function for tendinopathies of the elbow (“tennis” elbow), patella, achilles, and rotator cuff.  In elite athletes, who need to return to sport sooner, PRP has also improved muscle (hamstring tears) and ligament (ulnar collateral ligament of the elbow) function. 

Read some of our orthobiologic injection FAQs here.

Hyaluronic Acid (HA) Injections

This new and innovative injection therapy is used to treat acute and chronic MSK problems, with the most noted success with mild-moderate osteoarthritis, especially of the hip and knee joints. It is reserved for painful conditions that have not improved with standard therapies such as exercise, physiotherapy, chiropractic, massage or athletic therapy.

Read some of our orthobiologic injection FAQs here.

TRIGGER POINT THERAPIES

Trigger Point Dry Needling

Trigger Point Dry Needling (TDN) is a treatment technique which uses the insertion of fine, filament-type acupuncture needles to release tight muscle knots or abnormal contractions in muscle with the goal of permanently reducing muscle pain and dysfunction. This is done by deactivating trigger points, restoring normal tissue function and range of motion while minimizing pain.  TDN relies on mechanical disruption of trigger points and does not involve actual injection of fluid.

Learn more here.

Trigger Point Injections

Trigger Point Injections (TPI) involve accessing a trigger point with a slim hollow needle for injection of a liquid such as saline or local anesthetic.  The injection of fluid provides additional mechanical disruption of the abnormally contracted muscle fibres, which helps to promote resolution of the trigger point and any related pain or dysfunction.

Learn more here.

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What are trigger points?

Trigger points are focal abnormal contractions in your muscles that can cause pain and muscle dysfunction. Trigger points can cause pain with certain movements, limit range of motion and cause pain radiation patterns to other body parts of the body away from the location of the actual trigger point itself. Trigger points are often sore or tender to the touch and palpation can result in muscle twitching. Deactivating trigger points can help restore normal tissue function, improve pain, and restore normal range of motion with movement

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