BACK PAIN, SOFT TISSUE PAIN AND INJURY

All the joints in our body are held together by ligaments. Regular wear and tear as well as injury, can cause a stretching or relaxation of these ligaments. When this happens, our body recruits the muscles around this area to try to protect the laxity. This results in muscle fatigue, spasm and the formation of painful trigger points. It is this process, for example, that causes the vast majority of back pain complaints. Initial treatment consists of a degree of rest, medication to help relieve pain and muscle spasm as well as physiotherapy, chiropractic or massage. If the problem persists, further intervention may be necessary.

Prolotherapy.

Dr. Balharry is an authority on this procedure and has been practising prolotherapy since 1982. This procedure involves the injection of a sugar (dextrose) solution in to ligaments that are lax or damaged. This promotes a natural healing process in the ligaments that makes them stronger, thicker and usually tighter. The results are excellent. The procedure can be painful and is also not covered by provincial health care insurance. The costs are the responsibility of the patient.

PRP Injections

PRP is short for Platelet Rich Platelet which is blood plasma that has been enriched with platelets. Platelets are a concentrated source of several different growth factors and other cytokines that stimulate healing of bone and soft tissues. PRP has been used in orthopaedic surgery for many years but is now being used by injection to treat many types of soft tissue injury as well as arthritis of the joints, particularly the knee. It has gained publicity recently with people like Tiger Woods and Patrick Chan having been treated with this technique.

Shockwave Therapy

Shockwave therapy is a highly effective treatment method: high-energy sound waves are introduced into the painful areas of the body. It is one of the most advanced and highly effective non-invasive treatment methods cleared by the health FDA and Canada. The treatment works by helping to improve the regenerative potential, enhancing blood circulation to regenerate damaged tissue.