Medical Pain Relief

At Midwest Integrated, we offer a number of different medical services designed to help alleviate pain. Our team works together to help you achieve the best long term outcome.

Some of the services we offer are:

Trigger Point Injections

Trigger points are often referred to as “knots” in a muscle.  We all have felt them in our shoulders.  Sometimes they are tender to the touch and refer pain to somewhere else in our body.  A trigger point forms when a muscle tightens gradually around the nerves, arteries, and veins that bring in oxygen and nutrition and remove waste products.  As the muscle tightens, it slows the circulation to and from the muscle.  Waste products or lactic acid begin to pool in the muscle and form a trigger point.  As the trigger point becomes more chronic, it begins to form scar tissue much like gristle in a cheap piece of meat. Inflammation can also be found in the surrounding fascia. Most commonly, patients use massage to treat trigger points.

However, for the more chronic trigger point sufferer, it is not enough.  Do you ever wonder why they keep coming back?  It is because the scar tissue is so deep that massage on its own is not enough.  Trigger point injections aid the process by using a small needle to break up the scar tissue.  Lidocaine may be used to numb the area while they are being done; however, it does nothing to treat the trigger point. Lidocaine is out of the system within 6-8 hours.  Trigger point injections can also be done dry without any medication for those looking for a more holistic approach.  Trigger point injections are immediately followed by some type of massage therapy.  Trigger points are covered by most insurance plans, including Medicare.

Video of Trigger Point Injections

Joint Injections

Injections into soft tissues and joints, such as shoulders, SI joint, knee, and hip, can be very effective in giving pain relief when the tissues are inflamed. The injection is sometimes paired with a small amount of Steroid that has an anti-inflammatory action and a local anaesthetic, which numbs the area temporarily.

Diagnostic Testing

Medically Directed Rehab