Myofascial Pain Syndrome is a chronic pain disorder.
What does it feel like? It feels like a tender “knot” in the muscle. One can place their finger over the knot, push down and you will feel the little marble-like knot. People often describe the pain as a deep and aching muscle pain that is usually persistent or worsens over time. These knots are called “Trigger Points” by physicians.
What causes it? Myofascial Pain Syndrome is cause by usually overuse of the muscle. The muscle can be over used by repetitive motions or by stress- which causes the muscle to remain tense for prolong periods of time.
How is it treated? One of the leading ways to treat this condition is using a procedure called “Trigger Point Injections.” These are injections made into the actual “trigger point” or knot and it causes it to break up and dissipate. Stretching and massage are extremely effective if done in conjunction with the trigger point injections. We usually recommend heat or hot compresses to be used at home to offer some temporary relief.
We routinely and successfully treat this condition in our office.
Julie M. Payne, FNP
Principled Healthcare Solutions 3328 Princeton Rd. Hamilton, Ohio 45011 513-887-9400