We offer several therapies to help reduce pain, including sacroiliac joint injection, trigger-point injection, and muscle stimulation therapy.
Sacroiliac Joint Injection
The sacroiliac joint is a large joint in your lower back and buttocks region. When it becomes inflamed, it can cause pain in its immediate region, or it can transfer pain into nearby areas such as your groin, abdomen, hip, buttock or leg. A sacroiliac joint injection can help us to determine whether or not the joint is the source of your pain and, if it is the source, provide immediate relief.
First, we will inject a numbing medicine into the joint. If your pain is relived, this could mean that the joint is likely the source of your pain. If this is the case, we will give you an injection of time-release cortisone. The cortisone should reduce any inflammation in the sacroiliac joint. In most cases, this will provide long-term pain relief.
A trigger point is a tender spot in a muscle that can cause pain when it is ‘triggered’ or overstimulated. The upper back and shoulder areas are common sites for trigger points. However, they can also occur in the lower back, or in rare cases, the extremities. A trigger point injection can provide ongoing relief from pain caused by a trigger point.
Often, there is a palpable nodule in the muscle where the trigger point is located. The area will be tender, and will radiate pain around the point when pressed. Trigger points are commonly occur in connection with chronic musculoskeletal conditions including:
- Myofascial pain syndrome
- Lower back pain
- Neck pain
- Tension headaches
- Temporomandibular pain
In addition, a repetitive minor injury or acute trauma can lead to the development of trigger points.
Muscle Stimulation Therapy
Muscle Stimulation Therapy (MST) is used to control both acute and chronic pain. It also helps to improve range of motion, or mobility. Electrodes are placed on the skin and deliver a painless electrical current and mild head, which work to relieve pain and stiffness.
MST Frequently Asked Questions
How long do the treatments last?
Treatment times will vary depending on the needs of the patient. Depending on the severity of the injury or pain, the length of treatment will last between 10-15 minutes.
What can I expect from the treatment?
A practitioner will place electrode patches to your body, while you lie in a comfortable position on the treatment table. The patches conduct the electrical current from one patch to the other. When the current is applied, you may feel a tingling sensation around the areas where the patches are located.
The sensation is caused by the current flowing in between the patches. This flow of current stimulates your muscles and causes increased blood flow to the affected area. Increased blood flow promotes healing within the affected muscles.
Why is MST used?
Muscle Stimulation Therapy is used to relieve pain and reduce inflammation. It can also be used to reduce muscle atrophy and to treat muscle spasms.