Nearly everyone has experienced pain from muscle tension, but if that pain persists or worsens, you may be dealing with myofascial pain syndrome. Also known as trigger point pain, this condition is a chronic pain disorder that typically occurs in muscles that have been contracted repetitively. This could be due to repetitive motions from a job or hobby; it could also be caused by stress-related muscle tension.
There are a variety of treatments for trigger point pain, ranging from physical therapy to dry needling to injections into the affected muscle.
Symptoms of myofascial pain syndrome can include
For many of our Chicagoland and Central Illinois patients, these symptoms can be similar to a variety of other injuries. You should consider seeking treatment and/or medical attention if the pain makes it difficult to sleep or these symptoms continue after time and the use of manual therapy techniques.
Trigger point pain from muscle injury can come from acute or chronic muscle stress. For some, the myofascial pain syndrome can result from a spot within or near an already strained muscle. For others, it’s a continued repetitive motion that damages the muscle so frequently that it doesn’t have time to heal properly.
It might surprise you to learn that stress or anxiety could lead to trigger point pain. If you have ever felt stress cause physical tension in your muscles, though, it should start to make sense. Frequent stress could lead to a repeated strain on the muscle, not unlike a conscious repetitive motion.
Treatment typically includes some combination of medication, trigger point injections, and physical therapy.
While there are multiple treatment options for myofascial pain syndrome, medications and injections can often feel invasive or excessive to patients. Physical therapy offers a variety of potential solutions before seeking medical options to manage the pain.
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