SARAPIN Injections

SARAPIN® is an injectable analgesic indicated for the management of muscular or neuropathic pain that may be treated by local infiltration or nerve block.

Sarapin, which acts on the sensory nerves, has been used safely and effectively for pain management by physicians for over 70 years. Unlike Cortisone, which is known to carry some side effects such as elevation of blood pressure, damage to joints and weight gain, Sarapin is a biological medicine derived from the pitcher plant that has virtually no known side effects.

It works by stopping pain signals in the nerves of the spine where they exit the spinal column. It does not affect any other nerve or motor functions, nor is it affected by heat or cold. Because of its origins, Sarapin cannot be patented, which makes it a much more affordable drug than most other patented medications.

Sarapin can also be used as a trigger point injection. Toxicity tests have revealed that it is harmless, and no adverse events have ever been associated with the use of the analgesic throughout its 70 year history.

The types of muscle or nerve conditions that are commonly treated with Sarapin can include:

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  • Sciatic Pain
  • Hip Pain
  • Low Back Pain
  • Mid Back Pain
  • Upper Back Pain
  • Pain Between the Ribs
  • Neck Pain
  • Pain down the Arms
  • Knee Pain
  • Shoulder Pain
  • Elbow Pain

Sarapin vs. Cortisone

Sarapin and Cortisone are both used to reduce inflammation and provide pain management. They are also both recognized by the FDA and AMA, and both require prescriptions for treatments requiring injections.

However, Sarapin is a biological medicine, meaning it is acquired from a naturally occurring organism. Cortisone is a chemical medicine, created by a chemical process, which can be toxic. Sarapin is non-toxic and does not accumulate in the organs. The side effects of Cortisone may include thinning of the skin, bruising easily, weight gain, puffiness of the face, increase in blood pressure, cataract formation, osteoporosis, and avascular necrosis (which is rare but can cause serious damage).

Sarapin, on the other hand, has no known side effects. It has no damaging or weakening effect on cartilages, bones, or tendons. This makes it possible to administer Sarapin treatments multiple times within a short period for maximum pain management.


TriLURON®

Triluron® is used to relieve knee pain due to osteoarthritis (OA) for people who do not get enough relief from simple pain medications, exercises, and physical therapy. A clinical study has shown that Triluron® is an effective alternative treatment option for patients with OA knee pain.

Triluron glendaleTriluron® is a solutions containing hyaluronate injected directly into your knee that acts like a lubricant and shock absorber. Hyaluronan is a natural substance found in high amounts in your body’s joint tissue and joint fluid. It can provide long-lasting relief from OA knee pain in a clinical study in which patients were given 3 injections of of Triluron® once per week for 3 weeks.

How is Triluron® given? Your provider will inject Triluron® into your knee.

How many injections will I receive? You will receive a 3-injection regimen, with each injection given 1 week apart.

How soon will I feel pain relief? Your response may vary, depending on the severity of your OA, degree of pain, and pre-existing medical conditions.

How long will pain relief last? Three injections can provide most patients with long-lasting pain relief for up to 6 months. The duration of pain relief you experience may vary.

Can I repeat my treatment? Triluron® therapy can be safely repeated if your provider feels it is appropriate. Please consult with your provider to find out whether you can benefit from repeat treatment.

Can I take other medications? Triluron® has no known drug interactions. However, you should consult with your doctor before taking any other medications while being treated.

What about side effects? Local side effects can include joint swelling/pain, injection site pain, local skin reactions (rash, ecchymosis) and injection site warmth. Usually, these disappear within a few days of resting and/or applying ice.


TRIGGER POINT Injections

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What is a Trigger Point?

Trigger Points are painful areas of muscle that are tender and may feel like tight bands or knots when pressed. Pressing on the trigger point will “trigger” pain at the area of pressure and often in other areas. For example, pressing on a trigger point at the top of the shoulder may send pain down the arm or up into the neck.

Trigger points are overactive muscle areas that can come from stress, using the muscle too much, or problems with spine or posture. They are most often treated by improved posture, reduced stress, and exercise. Sometimes, these treatments will not correct a painful trigger point, and your doctor may want to treat the problem with a trigger point injection.

What Are Trigger Point Injections?

Trigger point injections are a pain relieving treatment based on trigger point therapy. It involves the injection of an anti-inflammatory compound and anesthetic to break up the small bits of scar tissue that build up in the muscles and cause chronic stiffness and pain. The injection of a small amount of fluid helps to relax the muscle and stimulate the body’s natural healing response. Trigger point injections are helpful to people who suffer from chronically stiff and painful necks and backs. They may find relief following a massage or chiropractic adjustment, but the tightness and achy muscles return within a few days. This is because the massage or other treatment merely relieved the symptoms without addressing the underlying cause of the muscle knots. The goal of trigger point injection treatment is to help relieve not only aching muscles and pain but to help the body to heal the underlying condition causing the pain.

The types of muscle or conditions that are commonly treated with Trigger Point Injections include:

  • Sciatic Pain
  • Hip Pain
  • Low Back Pain
  • Mid Back Pain
  • Upper Back Pain
  • Pain Between the Ribs
  • Neck Pain
  • Shoulder Pain
  • Headaches

Do Trigger Point Injections Hurt?

The injections are made with a very thin needle and include a small amount of lidocaine, which provides relief to the minor pinch associated with injections. Most patients report very little discomfort at all during treatment. However, since the purpose of the injection is to break down scar tissue and tightness within the muscle, some patients experience tenderness in the days following treatment as the achy muscles heal and the knots break up.

Will Additional Treatment Be Necessary?

In most cases, patients who have trigger point injections also benefit from postural correction and rehabilitation. A combination of treatments helps to address the pain, allow the muscles to heal and retrain the body to stay in correct postural alignment. Often muscle knots are caused by poor posture from sitting at a desk all day or looking down at a phone or tablet all day. If you suffer from a chronically stiff and sore neck or back, make an appointment with our providers at ReNew Medical Center in Glendale, AZ.