Joint Pain & Trigger Point Injections Specialist

Family Health Physical Medicine

Physical Medicine & Chiropractic located in Alliance, OH

The two simple words — joint pain — encompass an incredibly diverse number of problems and issues that can have a serious impact on your day-to-day life. Consider this: You have 360 joints in your body, and each one performs a role in your overall health and ability to function. No one understands this better than Nick Koinoglou, DC, Dipl. Ac. (IAMA) and his staff at Family Health Physical Medicine, LLC. To treat joint pain in our clients in Alliance, Ohio, our staff turns to a number of successful and effective treatments, including trigger point injections, for long-lasting relief. If you’re plagued with joint pain, call Family Health Physical Medicine, LLC, or schedule a consultation using the online booking tool.

Joint Pain & Trigger Point Injections Q & A

What causes pain in my joints?

There are 360 joints in your body, and each plays a role in how your body moves. Some of these roles may be minor, while others mean the difference between mobility and immobility, such as the joints in your knees, neck, and arms.

Joints are responsible for your movement, joining bones together in such a way that allows you mobility and range of motion, and there a number of things that can hamper their function including:

  • Arthritis
  • Degeneration of the joints because of age and wear and tear
  • Acute trauma
  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Inflammatory diseases
  • Infections

How is joint pain diagnosed and treated?

To treat joint pain, our staff first performs several tests to pinpoint the exact problem. These tests include:

ROM (range of motion) and muscle testing

These critical diagnostic tools allow the therapists at Family Health Physical Medicine, LLC, to discover overlapping pain patterns, compare levels of function prior to care, identify limitations, and, based on reassessment, track improvements.

X-ray and ultrasound diagnostic testing

Dr. Nick and our medical staff perform X-rays and ultrasound tests in our office to determine whether your pain may be tied to degenerative changes due to arthritis, fractures, or trauma.

With results in hand, our medical staff has a number of tools in their arsenal to treat your joint pain, including:

  • Spinal adjustments
  • Joint fluid therapy
  • Physical rehabilitation
  • Trigger point injections
  • Massage therapy

What are trigger point injections?

Trigger points are bands of muscle that have contracted, causing pressure points (often referred to as knots). These trigger points, or knots, often cause pain in the direct area, referred pain, muscle weakness, and restricted movement.

Trigger point injection therapy goes straight to the pressure point to relax the muscles. Our Certified Nurse Practitioner uses a combination of lidocaine and marcaine in this quick procedure, as well as Sarapin, a plant-based, non-toxic anti-inflammatory. These injections relieve the immediate pain caused by the muscle tension and promote healing by reducing the swelling, allowing your body to take over and correct the problem from within. Combined with chiropractic treatments, trigger point injections allow you to regain pain-free mobility.