Myofascial Pain Syndrome
Clearwater, Tampa, St Petersburg, Florida
Myofascial Pain Syndrome is an often-overlooked source of chronic pain. It is a chronic problem that affects the fascia – the connective tissue that covers the muscles – and is characterized by painful knots or tightened muscles.
Even though the neck and low back are the most frequently encountered areas for myofascial pain syndrome, the problem can occur in other areas as well. For example, the small muscles of the forearm or along the jaw may be affected, giving rise to confusion with other common disorders such as carpal tunnel syndrome and temporomandibular joint disorder or TMJ.
Symptoms of Myofascial Pain Syndrome
Symptoms of myofascial pain syndrome usually involve muscle pain with specific “trigger” or “tender” points. The pain can be made worse with activity or stress. In addition to the local or regional pain associated with myofascial pain syndrome, people with the disorder also can suffer from depression, fatigue and behavioral disturbances.
The distinction between mild, stiff, achy muscles and myofascial pain syndrome is unfortunately not black and white. If the patient presents to a healthcare provider unfamiliar with the disorder of myofascial pain syndrome, appropriate treatment often is not provided. The patient is now left frustrated and in pain.
Treatment for Myofascial Pain Syndrome
If a patient has suffered with myofascial pain syndrome for a protracted period, it may be stubborn to treat, but it can be successfully controlled and fixed. The problem lies in the stubborn knotted areas of the muscles when they become used to being knotted up. Muscle fibers that have become accustomed to being tightened or contracted state, need to be convinced to relax or go back to a normal flexible pain-free state. This can be accomplished with appropriate treatment.
Successful treatment approaches include:
- Stretching, strengthening and conditioning
- Specific muscle massage techniques for myofascial release
- Trigger Point Injections
Additionally, medications may also be employed In a combined effort to get the muscles to relax.
If you suffer with myofascial pain syndrome and your current treatment plan leaves you feeling hopeless, perhaps a fresh set of experienced eyes can change your outlook. Since 1990, Dennis M. Lox, M.D has applied his personal interests in sports medicine, cutting-edge regenerative medicine and chronic pain management to helping patients increase their quality of life. Contact us for an appointment at 727-462-5582.
Dennis M. Lox, MD, and the Florida Spine Center serve patients within the greater Tampa Bay area, including Clearwater, Tampa and St. Petersburg, as well as all of Florida and the US.
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