Trigger Point Injection Therapy - Pain Symptom Relief
Seattle Naturopath Dr. Patti Mullen specializes in trigger point therapy injection therapy in downtown Seattle.
A trigger point injection can help soothe muscle pain, especially in your arms, legs, lower back and neck. It also can be used to treat fibromyalgia, tension headaches and myofascial pain.
Trigger Point Injections:
• Are effective for instant short-term pain relief in muscles that have been strained or injured, are in spasm, or have chronic tension and improve range of motion
• Are a viable and effective natural alternative to Cortisone shots
• May be covered by insurance based on medical necessity.
Call 206-624-3590 today and schedule an appointment with Dr. Patti Mullen so she can assess whether or not you are a candidate for trigger point injection therapy.
What is Trigger Point Injection Therapy?
Trigger Point Injection Therapy consists of injecting lidocaine (a mild anesthetic similar to the Novocain your dentist uses) into trigger points to reduce or eliminate tension and pain and restore motion. Dr. Patti Mullen, ND uses a combination of lidocaine (pain blocker) and homeopathic product called Traumeel (Arnica – stimulate the body to heal). The number of treatments required varies depending upon the condition.
Trigger Point Injection Therapy is indicated for relief of acute and chronic pain in muscles that have been strained or injured, are in spasm, or have chronic tension. This modality helps temporary reduce pain and restore motion. The American Family Practice journal reported trigger-point injection has been shown to be one of the most effective treatment modalities to inactivate trigger points and provide prompt relief of symptoms (pain). Trigger point injection therapy can be used in most muscles including shoulders, back, hips and legs.Find out about our Naturopathic Doctor
What to expect?
The first visit will be an evaluation of your condition to assess whether or not injections are the treatment needed. After the evaluation, we will schedule you for the recommended injections. Note many insurance companies require prior authorization which will be obtained prior to booking the appointments.
Once treatment begins, on the day of your injection, you will lay or sit on the treatment table to receive the injections. Patients typically feel a mild to moderate stinging or burning during the treatment at the injection sight. This sensation will dissipate within a minute or so.
After treatment, there is a slight chance of bruising at the site of the injection. Pain relief and increased range of motion usually is obtained within just a few minutes after injections. This relief typically lasts for several days. As treatment progresses, the relief lasts for longer of time as healing of the tissue occurs.