Myofascial Pain

Etiology

  • Related to local or repetitive trauma; Can also arise from multi-factorial and other contributors
  • Can co-mingle w/other chronic pain problems, depression, fatigue

Symptoms

  • Regional pain syndrome with a hyper-irritable spot that serves as a trigger point within muscle
  • Touching trigger point causes reproduction of pain

Physical Exam Findings

  • Touching specific spots in muscle causes pain
  • Often palpable taut/hardened band of muscle at trigger point, w/palpation causing pain
  • Can have decreased range of motion of involved muscle
  • No overt joint or other pathology identifiable