What You Need to Know About Myofascial Pain Syndrome
What is Myofascial Pain Syndrome?
Myofascial Pain Syndrome is caused by an injury or damage to the fascia—your soft and stretchy connective tissue that surrounds your organs, muscles and other structures inside your body. The syndrome can cause chronic pain in different muscles throughout your body, usually in the neck and jaw. With Myofascial pain, there are areas called trigger points—these trigger points are usually in fascia or in a tight muscle.
Experts are unsure of the exact cause, but Myofascial pain may start after:
- Strain or injury to your muscles, tendons or ligaments
- Using a muscle when you haven’t used it for a while, such as after a stroke or after breaking a bone
This is an ongoing muscle pain found in areas such as the neck, lower back, shoulders and chest. Pain may get worse when you press on a trigger point. Common symptoms of Myofascial pain may include:
- Limited range of movement in joints
- A feeling of weakness in the affected muscle
- Aching, burning, stinging, throbbing or stabbing pain
- Popping sounds
- Problems with memory, balance, vision or hearing
With treatment, Myofascial pain often goes away. Treatment may include physical therapy, massage, stretching of the affected muscles, trigger point injections and medications.
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