For Cancer Patients, Trigger Point Injections Could Help Ease Muscle Pains
As unpleasant as it is to discuss, many of us, our friends, and/or family will experience the difficulties that are accompanied by cancer and cancer treatment. Some things that come along with treatment cannot be helped and just have to be dealt with. However, if we can help comfort those on this journey in any way, why wouldn't we do everything we can to help?
That's where, as an evidence-based, patient-centered practice, we can step in and offer some relief for this incredible patient population.
Some options we can offer to help alleviate some of the symptoms from treatment are:
- Trigger Point Injections
Let's discuss each briefly. But before we do, I think it is important to recommend you consult with your oncologist before starting any kind of treatment regimen with any kind of provider.
Trigger Point Injections for incurable cancer and Myofascial Pain Syndrome.
This option popped up on my radar just recently when a new research paper was published in Pain Medicine by Ishiki et. al.(1) Prior to this research coming out, I had not considered trigger point therapy in this context so it's exciting to potentially be able to offer some quick relief for these patients.
In the paper, the authors describe myofascial pain syndrome as being caused by overload or disuse of skeletal muscles and patients suffering from cancer often suffer from it due to the inactivity accompanying the battle with cancer. The paper was to see if MPS was as common as they thought in cancer patients as well as test the effectiveness of trigger point therapy in this population.
They determined that yes, myofascial pain syndrome is common in cancer patients due to increased inactivity. They also determined that Trigger Point Therapy could indeed be an option to help with pain relief caused by the myofascial pain syndrome.
We offer quick and easy Trigger Point Injections performed by our medical provider right here at Creek Stone. We use a numbing cream to numb the skin and most patients report not even realizing they had anything done until after it's finished.
Acupuncture Can Help Alleviate Cancer Treatment Symptoms
This information comes from cancer.gov and can be found at this link should you wish to explore it further for your own education:
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In short, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) did the work to find out. It turns out that acupuncture is effective in helping relieve the following complications that accompany cancer treatment:
- Nausea and vomiting
- Postoperative pain
- Muscle and joint pain from aromatase inhibitors
- Pain from chemo-induced peripheral neuropathy
- Hot flashes
- Dry mouth
- Sleep problems
Massage Can Potentially Ease Cancer-Induced Pain
According to MD Anderson's website, Oncology massage is safe and effective at helping people feel better during challenging times. Find a qualified massage therapist, and you'll be on your way to a peaceful reprieve from the stress of cancer." Not only does MD Anderson recommend massage as a method to control stress and pain, they also offer the service in their facility.
In 2011, Italian researchers looked at the use of massage in people with advanced cancer. They studied 20 trials and felt that massage therapy was a cost-effective treatment that could help to reduce pain, anxiety, and depression in people with cancer who were seriously ill.
Again, if we can help identify safe and comfortable ways to provide some sort of pain relief for patients whose days and nights can be filled with pain, of course, we're going to do that. Fortunately, we happen to offer all three of these treatment modalities right here under one roof at Creek Stone Integrated Medical.
If you're in the Amarillo or Texas Panhandle area and need to come to see us, call us at 806-355-3000, and let's get you on our schedule. We're happy to help any way we can.
(1) Ishiki H, Hasuo H, Matsuda Y, Matsuoka H, Hiramoto S, Higuchi M, Yoshida K, Tokoro A, Hatano Y, Hori T, Kinkawa J, Nojima M. Prevalence of Myofascial Pain Syndrome and Efficacy of Trigger Point Injection in Patients with Incurable Cancer: A Multicenter, Prospective Observational Study (MyCar Study). Pain Med. 2022 Jul 1;23(7):1259-1265. doi: 10.1093/pm/pnab350. PMID: 34940848.
Dr. Jeff Williams, DC, FIANM, DABFP is double Board Certified as a Fellow in Neuromusculoskeletal Medicine and Orthopedics as well as a Diplomate of the American Board of Forensic Professionals, and chiropractor in Amarillo, TX. As an Amarillo chiropractor, Dr. Williams treats chronic pain, disc pain, low back pain, neck pain, whiplash injuries, and more. Dr. Williams is also the host of The Chiropractic Forward Podcast (https://www.chiropracticforward.com). Through the podcast, Dr. Williams teaches fellow chiropractors and advocates weekly for evidence-based, patient-centered practice through current and relevant research. If you have any questions for Dr. Williams, feel free to email at [email protected] Learn more about Dr. Williams and his practice at https://www.amarillochiropractor.com.
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