Myofascial Pain Syndrome

Friday, August 14, 2015

Myofascial pain syndrome refers to pain and presumed inflammation in the bodys soft tissues or muscles. Dr. Edward Hill tells us more about this chronic, painful condition in todays 60 Second Housecall.

Dr. Hill:

Myofascial pain syndrome refers to pain and inflammation in the bodys muscles.

MPS is a chronic condition that affects the fasciathe connective tissue that covers the muscles. It may involve either a single muscle or a muscle group.

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, and

Lack of activity

In addition to the local or regional muscle pain associated with myofascial pain syndrome, people with the disorder also can suffer from depression, fatigue and behavioral disturbances.

Medications such as non-steroidal anti-inflammatories, acetaminophen or opioids may be used to treat myofascial pain. Medications for sleep, depression or muscle spasm are sometimes used, as well.

Non-drug treatments may include:

Physical therapy

Stretch and spray technique: This treatment involves spraying the muscle and trigger point with a coolant and then slowly stretching the muscle.

Massage therapy, and

Trigger point injection

For North Mississippi Medical Center, Im Dr. Edward Hill.