Myofascial Pain Syndrome
This condition is characterized by localized focal spasms in the muscles and results in pain and stiffness. These spasms can cause pain to radiate into the arms or legs or even up to the head and cause headaches.
Falls or trauma including auto accidents frequently causes muscular strains. These strains often heal over 2-6 weeks but also can result in ongoing localized spasms known as Myofascial Pain Syndrome.
On physical exam, there are often reactive spasms that when pressed cause an abnormal twitch response. Sometimes only localized tenderness and muscle tightness is observed. These are known as Trigger Points.
The best way to identify Myofascial Pain is by placing anesthetic in the muscles and seeing the remarkable change in the tightness and the pain relief that comes with the resolution of spasms. This is done using Trigger Point Injections.
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