Myofascial pain syndrome is a chronic pain condition characterized by muscle pain and tenderness in specific areas of the body known. With a muscle or muscles, there are trigger points that are responsible for the pain. Trigger points are knots, nodules, taut bands in the muscle tissue. When pressed, the "trigger point" triggers pain. The pain can be localized or referred to another location.
What causes myofascial pain?
The exact cause of myofascial pain is unclear but a variety of factors, including overuse, injury, poor posture or stress are contributing factors.
How is myofascial pain treated?
Treatment for myofascial pain syndrome may include a combination of medications, physical therapy, and other interventions such as massage and acupuncture. Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), muscle relaxants, and antidepressants may be prescribed to manage pain associated with myofascial pain syndrome. Physical therapy, massage, and other rehabilitative interventions can help to improve muscle function, reduce tension, and decrease pain associated with trigger points. In addition, trigger point injections performed under ultrasound guidance often provide both temporary and long-lasting pain relief.
Dr. Branton, Dr. Ho and Meghan Chase NP will work closely with you to develop a comprehensive treatment plan that addresses you unique needs and goals. We have access to the best physical therapists in the north shore and Merrimack Valley. With appropriate treatment, many individuals with myofascial pain syndrome are able to achieve significant improvements in pain and function, and maintain a good quality of life.
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