Trigger point injection (TPI) is a procedure used to treat painful areas of muscle that contain trigger points, or knots of muscle that form when muscles do not relax. Many times, such knots can be felt under the skin. Trigger points may irritate the nerves around them and cause referred pain, or pain that is felt in another part of the body.

Trigger points are persistent, localized muscle spasms that can cause a great deal of pain. Trigger points alone may be responsible for many cases of neck pain, upper back pain, and lower back pain. What is not generally known is that trigger points may also be implicated in radiating pain into the arm and hand or radiating pain into the leg and foot. In fact, radiating pain due to trigger points may be mistaken for pain caused by a herniated disc, in either the neck or lower back. Trigger point pain affecting the wrist and hand may even be misdiagnosed as carpal tunnel syndrome.

What Happens During the Procedure?

In the TPI procedure, a trained professional inserts a small needle into the patients trigger point. The injection contains an all natural biological plant based organism called Sarapin (Pitcher Plant). With the injection, the trigger point is made inactive and the pain is alleviated. Usually, a brief course of treatment will result in sustained relief. Injections are given in our office and usually take just a few minutes. Several sites may be injected in one visit.

When Is a Trigger Point Injection Used?

TPI is used to treat many muscle groups, especially those in the arms, legs, back, and neck. In addition, TPI can be used to treat fibromyalgia and tension headaches. TPI also is used to alleviate myofascial pain syndrome (chronic pain involving tissue that surrounds muscle) that does not respond to other treatments.

What is Sarapin?

Sarapin is a biological medicine – which means it is derived from a naturally occurring organism (the Pitcher plant). It works by stopping pain signals in the nerves of the spine where they exit the spinal column. It does not affect any other nerve functions or motor functions and is not affected by heat or cold. Cortisone, on the other hand, is chemical medicine –which means it is made using a chemical process.

Sarapin has characteristics that are somewhat similar to cortisone. Like cortisone, Sarapin is recognized by FDA and AMA and also requires a prescription. Most of all, it can be a viable treatment for ailments that can also be treated by cortisone. What makes Sarapin different from cortisone is that it does not leave serious side effects and does not cause damage to tissues. This is why Sarapin is being used as an alternative to cortisone. To learn more about Serapin look for the link under Anti-Aging.

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