Myofascial pain syndrome is a chronic pain disorder. In myofascial pain syndrome, when pressure is applied to sensitive points in your muscles called trigger points it causes pain in seemingly unrelated parts of your body. This is referred pain. Myofascial pain syndrome occurs after a muscle has been contracted repetitively.

This contraction be caused by repetitive motions or by stress-related muscle tension. This differs from muscle tension pain because it persists or worsens. Presenting symptoms include persistent pain or tender muscle knots.

The treatment options for this condition include physical therapy, trigger point injections, medications such as muscle relaxants and anti-inflammatories, stretching, massages, and relaxation techniques.