Thursday, May 26, 2011

Myofascial Pain Syndrome

Myofascial pain syndrome (MPS), also known as Chronic myofascial pain (CMP), is a condition characterized by chronic and, in some cases, severe pain. It is associated primarily with "trigger points", localized and sometimes extremely painful lumps or nodules in any of the body's muscles or connective tissue known as fascia. Other symptoms include referred pain, restricted movement, and sleep disturbances.


Myofascial pain can occur in distinct, isolated areas of the body, and because any muscle or fascia may be affected, this may cause a variety of localized symptoms. More generally speaking, the muscular pain is steady, aching, and deep. Depending on the case and location the intensity can range from mild discomfort to excruciating and "lightning-like". Knots may be visible or felt beneath the skin. The pain does not resolve on its own, even after typical first-aid self-care such as ice, heat, and rest.

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