Trigger point therapy- a series of muscular injections which has been proven effective for chronic pain management. Hyperirritable spots in tight bands of muscles, often felt as a knot, trigger points can restrict movement and cause muscle weakness. Causing referred and/or radiating pain, they can also manifest as tension headache, tinnitus, temporomandibular joint pain (TMJ), decreased range of motion in the legs, and low back pain. Trigger points often accompany chronic musculoskeletal disorders and acute soft tissue injuries, but fortunately, trigger point injections have proven useful in their treatment.
- Eliminates or reduces the trigger points found on physical exam
- Hydrates the muscles so they loosen up and work better
- Lubricates the arthritic knee joint so you have restored movement and function
- Steroid joint injections for pain and inflammation
Nerve Conduction Studies
To asses nerve function, you can undergo a nerve conduction study. Often, it's performed in concert with an electromyogram (EMG).
Together, these tests, along with other procedures that comprise what is known as electrodiagnostic testing, provide vital information on the functioning of nerves and muscles.
We utilize this test in physical medicine to determine if the source of pain is nerve related and if any neuropathies or radiculopathies exist.
Non-invasive Vascular Testing
If you're at a high risk for peripheral artery disease, we'll use this to examine your vascular sufficiency. This exam is ordered if you have risk factors such as:
- Diabetes mellitus (DM)
- Hypertension (HTN)
- History of coronary artery disease
- Current or history of smoking or non-healing ulcers
Full-panel blood testing can help us diagnose contributing factors to pain and other physical symptoms. Many times, deficiency and sensitivity to foods, chemicals, pharmaceuticals, and environmental factors contribute to the pain cycle if you're suffering from chronic pain.