Myofascial Pain, What you Need to Know


Myofascia is the fascia or layers of tissue that line the muscle fibers to give them shape and support. Disruption of this fascia can cause it to bind and may result in abnormal pressure on the muscles, nerves, or organs. The pain of myofascial pain syndrome comes from the development of trigger points in the myofascial. It can affect any skeletal muscle in the body, but most commonly occurs in the head, neck, shoulders, arms, legs, and lower back.


Myofascial pain syndrome is diagnosed by your doctor based on a medical history, physical examination, and any diagnostic tests that may be required. There is no specific test to diagnose myofascial pain syndrome, but your doctor may order an MRI or CT scan to help rule out other causes of your symptoms.


There is no cure for myofascial pain syndrome, but there are treatments that can help relieve the pain. Treatment may include medications, physical therapy, and/or massage therapy. Your doctor will work with you to develop a treatment plan that is best suited to your individual needs.


If you are experiencing symptoms of myofascial pain syndrome, please see your doctor for a diagnosis and treatment. Early diagnosis and treatment can help reduce the pain and improve your quality of life. The doctor may order an MRI or CT scan to help rule out other causes of your symptoms. Here are some common symptoms of myofascial pain syndrome:


  • Pain that is worsened by pressure or touch

  • Tenderness or pain in specific areas called trigger points

  • Muscle spasms

  • Fatigue

  • Difficulty sleeping


When it comes to pain and pain management, your family health history is important for your doctor to know and understand. This information can help your doctor make recommendations for how to prevent pain and manage chronic conditions, as well as determine if there are any underlying causes that you should be aware of. At Advanced Physical Medicine, our experienced physicians are here to help you live a pain-free life as safely as possible. Contact us today to learn more about our services.


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