A chronic pain disorder, myofascial pain syndrome involves referred pain. If you have this disorder, you might notice that putting pressure on sensitive spots in your muscles causes pain in completely different areas of your body.
What are the symptoms?
The pain experienced from myofascial pain syndrome is often characterized by deep, aching muscle pains that occur when you touch tender spots on muscles elsewhere in your body. The pain can make it hard to sleep and typically grows more persistent and severe over time.
What are the causes of myofascial pain syndrome?
Myofascial pain syndrome usually develops after the repetitive use of certain motions or muscles due to specific jobs or hobbies. You are more at risk of developing myofascial pain syndrome if you have suffered from a muscle injury or if you have a lot of anxiety.
How is it treated?
One of the most effective ways to manage pain from myofascial pain syndrome is trigger point injections. This injection involves a small needle being placed into your body’s trigger points, or inflamed muscle knots, in order to relax the muscle.