Myofascial Pain Syndrome Treatment
Are you suffering from tenderness, muscle pain, and muscle spasms? Have you been recently diagnosed with myofascial pain syndrome (MPS) and would like conservative, multi-disciplinary treatment?
What is Myofascial Pain Syndrome?
Myofascial pain syndrome is a chronic pain condition that affects the soft connective tissue—the area that encases the muscles, which is called fascia.
Referred pain is experienced by those suffering from MPS. Referred pain occurs when unrelated parts of the body become painful due to pressure on the sensitive points on the muscles (called the trigger points).
People can experience this condition in one muscle or in several muscles. Myofascial pain syndrome leads to localized pain within the muscle tissue.
Common Symptoms of Myofascial Pain Syndrome
- muscle pain
- pain or discomfort everywhere
- inability to exercise
- muscle stiffness
- sleeping problems due to the pain
- muscle spasms
What Causes Myofascial Pain Syndrome?
The actual cause of myofascial pain syndrome is unknown. The following things may play a role in increasing myofascial pain syndrome symptoms:
- poor sleep patterns
- prior injuries
- excessive muscle strain
Medical professionals and rheumatologists say that these risk factors may cause changes in the brain’s ability to properly process pain perception (which is called central pain processing).
Treatment and Care Options
Myofascial pain syndrome can be treated with:
- physical therapy
- trigger point injections
- massage therapy
- heat therapy
- posture training
Managing and Living With Myofascial Pain Syndrome
If you are suffering from MPS and are looking for ways to cope with MPS on a daily basis, you can try the following things.
- Participate in a stretching and exercise program.
- Determine the best ways to relieve stress in your life.
- Educate yourself about everything you need to know regarding MPS.
- Improve your sleep patterns.
Resources and Tools: What Should You Do Now?
It is always best to treat MPS with a multi-disciplinary approach. This is the treatment approach we use at National Pain Institute (locations around Florida in Lake Mary, New Port Richey, Port St. Lucie, Turkey Lake, Lady Lake, and Winter Park). We believe in treating acute and chronic pain without using addictive pain medications or surgery as the first options.
We will speak with you regarding your MPS symptoms to determine the best course of treatment for you. Call us today to schedule your consultation appointment.