AUTOLOGOUS BLOOD INJECTIONS
Used to treat chronic (long standing) tendon injuries, tendonitis and partial tendon tearing, this procedure involves injecting the patients own blood in and around the affected tendon to stimulate the healing process. By injecting blood into the site of an injury small cells called platelets are stimulated to release a multitude of growth factors, chemotactic proteins and ligands. These molecules stimulate local cell proliferation, cell development and angiogenesis (the formation of new blood vessels). Autologous blood injection is a form of PROLOTHERAPY (“proliferation” therapy) and has shown similar and often superior results to the use of steroid injections such as cortisone.
TRIGGER POINT INJECTIONS
(‘procaine therapy’ or ‘wet needling’)
Used to release and soften chronically tight muscles, this treatment is particularly helpful in the treatment of whiplash, tennis elbow, chronic lower back pain and headaches. This technique involves the injection of small amounts of local anesthetic into the muscle ‘knot’. This is a very safe procedure and is often used in cases that have not responded to other muscle release techniques such as connective tissue massage, dry needling or stretching.
EXTRACORPOREAL SHOCKWAVE THERAPY
Shockwave therapy can be used for the treatment of chronic (long standing) inflammatory soft tissue conditions that have not responded to more conservative management options (steroid injections, medication or physiotherapy). It is used to treat conditions such as tendonitis, bursitis, enthesitis and fasciitis. Although it can be a very beneficial treatment it is not a first-line treatment option because results can take 2 to 4 months.
These injections are used to manage a variety of inflammatory tendon and joint pathologies such as arthritis, tendonitis and bursitis. They have been thought by many to be a ‘temporary fix’ that does not address the source of the problem. This is often because appropriate follow-up treatment and preventative care is not implemented after the injection. At Kingsley Physiotherapy such treatments are used to compliment the manual treatment skills of our physiotherapists. This allows us to fully co-ordinate our patient’s rehabilitation in one location by providing numerous medical, manual and exercise-based rehabilitation and treatment options.
This technique of spinal mobilization is also known as “thrust manipulation” and is responsible for the ‘click’ or ‘pop’ of a joint that many associate with chiropractic treatments. Thrust manipulation is applied to improve joint mobility and is used only by trained and practiced clinicians. There are a handful of spinal pathologies where thrust manipulation is beneficial and your physiotherapist will discuss these with you.
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