What is Myofascial Pain Syndrome?
Myofascial Pain Syndrome, which is one of the most common causes of acute and chronic pain, refers to pain and inflammation in the body’s soft tissues it may involve either a single muscle or a muscle group. The pain associated with Myofascial Pain Syndrome centers around sensitive points in your muscles called trigger points. The trigger points in your muscles can be painful when touched and the pain can spread throughout the affected muscle.
Myofascial Pain Syndrome has been linked to many types of pain including migraine headaches, jaw pain, severe neck pain, back pain, pelvic pain, arm pain and leg pain.
What are the symptoms of Myofascial Pain Syndrome?
Signs and symptoms of Myofascial Pain Syndrome may include:
- Deep, aching pain in a muscle
- Pain that persists or worsens
- Muscle stiffness
- Joint stiffness near affected muscle
- Difficulty sleeping due to pain
- Area of tension in your muscle may feel like a knot, tight spot, or may be particularly sensitive to touch
What are Myofascial Pain Syndrome treatment options?
At Newbridge Spine & Pain Center, we customize our myofascial pain treatment options to fit our patient’s needs. Discuss your options and treatment preferences with your pain management doctor. Sometimes more than one approach is necessary to achieve optimal pain relief. Treatment options include:
- Trigger point injection therapy
- Physical therapy
Some research suggests that Myofascial Pain Syndrome may develop further into fibromyalgia in some people.