Myofascial pain refers to pain and inflammation in the body’s soft tissues.
It can occur in either a single muscle or a muscle group. In some cases, the area where a person experiences the pain may not be where the myofascial pain generator is located. The actual site of the injury or the strain may trigger pain in other areas. This situation is known as referred pain.
What Causes Myofascial Pain?
Myofascial pain may develop from a muscle injury or from excessive strain on a particular muscle or muscle group, ligament or tendon. Other causes include:
- Injury to muscle fibers
- Repetitive motions
- Lack of activity (such as having a broken arm in a sling)
What Are the Symptoms of Myofascial Pain?
Myofascial pain symptoms usually involve muscle pain with specific “trigger” or “tender” points. The pain can be made worse with activity or stress.
How Is Myofascial Pain Treated?M
Physical therapy is a very important part of the recovery from myofascial pain/spasm. First, the focus is on reducing pain while maintaining or regaining range of motion. After the pain is reduced, gradual strengthening of the injured areas begins to regain normal strength. If you have suffered myofascial pain/spasm, contact us today as soon as possible to start feeling relief and getting back to normal activities.