Myofascial pain syndrome (MPS) is really a fancy way of describing muscle pain. Myofascial pain syndrome is a chronic pain disorder that refers to the inflammation and pain in the body’s soft tissues.
It affects the fascia—the connective tissue that covers the muscles and puts pressure on trigger points.
Myofascial Pain Syndrome Causes & Symptoms
Causes. Myofascial pain syndrome generally occurs after a muscle has been contracted over and over. Repetitive motions used in jobs or hobbies or by stress-related muscle tension can all be contributing factors.
Symptoms. Common symptoms of MPS may include an aching, deep pain found in a muscle, pain that persists or worsens, a tender knot found in a muscle or trouble sleeping due to the pain.
How to Manage Myofascial Pain Syndrome
Almost everyone has experienced some type of muscle tension pain in their lives. However, the discomfort associated with myofascial pain syndrome may not let up or can get worse over time. Ways to manage MPS may include:
- Physical therapy—a customized physical therapy program for your MPS pain may include stretching and strengthening exercises or massage
- Trigger point injections—this involves injecting a pain or anti-inflammatory medication directly into the trigger points
- Relaxation techniques—if you are frequently stressed or anxious, you may be more likely to develop trigger points in their muscles. When stressed, you are more likely to clench your muscles—which is a form of repeated strain that can leave muscles at greater risk to developing trigger points. Find ways to relax like meditating, writing in a journal or talking with your friends.
- Pain medications—anti-inflammatory pain medications may be used to help reduce pain from MPS
- Posture—you may need to address poor posture or workplace ergonomics if they are contributing to your myofascial pain syndrome. Improving your posture may help to relieve pain, especially found in your neck
If you are experiencing pain that just won’t go away and you’ve tried your best to manage it with no relief, make an appointment with IMS Pain Management today.