Trigger points and Myofascial Pain Syndrome

Myofascial pain syndrome refers to the chronic pain and inflammation in the soft tissues (muscle and connective tissue) in the body and involves either a whole muscle group or a single muscle. The pain can be caused by an injury or traumatic event that causes the development of a trigger point which causes pain in another area of the body. A trigger point is a place in a muscle that refers pain and causes problems in the muscle groups. Trigger points tend to be very tender when pressure is applied.

Symptoms of myofascial/trigger point pain may include the following:

  • A tender knot in a muscle
  • Deep, aching muscle pain
  • Pain that worsens or persists over time
  • Pain that is made worse by touch or pressure
  • Tender areas on the body that cause pain in other, unrelated parts of the body

Myofascial/trigger point pain can be caused by the following:

  • Injury or trauma to an area of the body
  • Strain to another area of the body
  • Repetitive actions
  • Stress and tension
  • Lack of physical activity
  • Fibromyalgia

Treatment options for Myofascial pain include:

  • Physical therapy
  • Stretching
  • Massage
  • Trigger point injections with local anesthetics
  • Over the counter pain medications and anti-inflammatory medications
  • Acupuncture
  • Biofeedback and stress-reduction techniques can also help

If you or a loved one is suffering from myofascial or trigger point pain, the physicians at Cedar Hill Pain and Rehab can help determine the cause and find a treatment plan that works for you and improves your quality of life.

To learn more about these therapy techniques and to find out if you’re a candidate, you can make an appointment with a physician at Cedar Hill Pain and Rehab by calling 972-291-9165 or click here.