Everyone experiences muscle pain from time-to-time; over-exertion can lead to muscle tension, which results in short-lived soreness, easily cured by some downtime and a few cold compresses. Myofascial pain syndrome is a chronic pain disorder; one that typically occurs after a specific muscle has been contracted repeatedly. Pressure placed on trigger points within your muscles will cause pain in (seemingly) disparate parts of the body. While typical muscle tension pain will resolve on its own, Myofascial pain will persist and worsen if not professionally treated. While the root cause of this specific condition remains unknown, there are several underlying conditions that have been known to contribute to symptoms. It is believed that depression, ongoing stress, and inconsistent sleep patterns lead to an inability to properly process pain perception, resulting in ongoing, localized muscle pain. If you are suffering from one or more symptoms of this specific pain disorder, it is crucial that you seek professional help immediately in order to prevent the worsening of symptoms.
Symptoms of Myofascial Pain Syndrome
While Myofascial pain syndrome may present itself in a variety of ways, the most common symptoms include increased tenderness in affected areas and increased weakness. Symptoms may also include:
- Sharp and severe muscle pain in the back, abdomen, or neck
- Feelings of general tiredness and fatigue
- Interrupted sleep patterns (insomnia or excessive sleeping)
- Increased sensitivity to hot and cold
- Nausea and vomiting
- Mood swings
- Increased anxiety and nervousness
- Muscle spasms
Treatment for Myofascial Pain Syndrome
In the majority of cases, treatment for Myofascial pain syndrome will require a multifaceted approach, including medication, physical therapy, and trigger point injections. Of course, seeing as every case is unique, some individuals will require less intensive treatment than others. When medication is necessary, pain relievers are the most commonly utilized. However, antidepressants and sedatives are also frequently used in treating Myofascial pain. Physical therapy is among the most popular methods of treatment. Some forms of physical therapy that are commonly utilized are massage, posture training, stretching, and heat therapy. Ultrasound may also prove effective; this type of physical therapy uses sound waves to facilitate circulation, resulting in relieved pain. There are many options when it comes to the treatment of this specific condition, and we are dedicated to finding the right combination of treatment options for you.
How Comprehensive Pain of the Palm Beaches Heals Myofascial Pain Syndrome
Our main goal is determining which combination of treatment options will work best to heal your pain as quickly and effectively as possible. We at Comprehensive Pain of the Palm Beaches are dedicated to resolving your Myofascial pain long-term, so that you will be able to return to your day-to-day life with ease and confidence.
If you are suffering from Myofascial pain syndrome, we can help. Call (561) 434-7577 and let the caring staff at Comprehensive Pain of the Palm Beaches get you on the path to healing.