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Myofascial Pain Syndrome

Myofascial Pain Syndrome

 

This typically refers to localized and sometimes diffuse pain in the body due to skeletal muscle injury or strain. Muscle strains and injuries can lead to muscle spasm that restricts localized blood flow and thus oxygen delivery to the injured area. This can lead to release of inflammatory chemicals in the tissues which can sustain any localized muscle spasm. These spasmed areas or “trigger points” can actually be felt under the skin as well circumscribed painful areas. These trigger points can also refer pain outside of their localized areas. Typical treatment involves anti-inflammatory medications, physical therapy and active stretching of the painful areas. Sometimes localized injections into the painful areas are required. Often times, myofascial pain is secondary to some other primary problem restricting a person’s motion.