Dr. Alexa Chichak offers Trigger point injection therapy, Prolotherapy and Platelet Rich Plasma Injections for muscle and joint injuries.

About Trigger Point Injection Therapy:

Trigger points are what most people call ‘knots’ in muscles- small areas of tightness located within a muscle fibre. Trigger points can cause discomfort, tightness and pain referral. Trigger point injection therapy involves injecting a small amount of sugar solution and anaesthetic directly into the trigger points. This can release the trigger points, allowing muscle to relax and decrease pain & referral associated with the trigger point.

About Prolotherapy:

Prolotherapy is an injection technique to create new growth of tendons and ligaments (proliferation) to treat tendon, ligament and joint injuries. A concentrated sugar solution mixed with anesthetic will be injected, bringing blood flow and healing factors to the area. The first appointment includes a thorough history & physical exam of the areas of injury, followed by the injections. For best results, we recommend 3-6 visits spaced a few weeks apart. Areas of injection offered include: shoulders, elbows, wrists, fingers, knees, ankles, feet, and more.

About Platelet Rich Plasma Injections:

PRP, much like prolotherapy, is an injection technique to treat tendon, ligament and joint injuries. PRP, however, utilizes the body’s own abilities in order to create healing. Normal blood is comprised of red blood cells, white blood cells, and platelets. Platelets contain growth factors that are important for tissue regeneration and collagen production. Platelet—rich plasma is the portion of the blood that is rich in platelets. We inject these platelets into areas of discomfort, pain or injury in order to supply the area with nutrients for regrowth and healing. For best results, we recommend 3 visits, spaced 3-4 weeks apart. Areas of injection offered include: shoulders, elbows, wrists, fingers, knees, ankles, feet, and more.

About Your Appointment:

How can I prepare for my appointment?

Come into the visit well hydrated and well fed. Wear comfortable clothes, as well as clothing that allows for access to the areas needing treatment (i.e. bring shorts with you for knee injections). Avoid anti-inflammatory medication for two days before your appointment.

How long does the appointment take?

The appointment time is 45 minutes, which includes an assessment and a check-in with the naturopathic doctor. The injections themselves should take no longer than 10-15 minutes, depending on the areas being treated.

What should I know for afterwards?

Avoiding strenuous exercise for a few days after the appointment is recommended.

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