What is myofascial pain syndrome and trigger points?
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.
Elizabeth Stoklosa is a licensed and certified Physician Assistant, primarily focused on Pain Management and Spine Intervention. Elizabeth has always had an interest in orthopedic and spine conditions. She performs histories and physical’s, orders appropriate diagnostic studies, and interprets X-rays and MRIs. She is extensively qualified at administering trigger point injections, joint injections, nerve blocks, and tendon sheath injections to help alleviate pain, and has experience in caring for patients with spinal cord stimulators or peripheral nerve stimulator implants. She has also cared for patients with pain pumps and specializes in their programming and refilling. She has experience in assisting physicians with interventional procedures, including epidurals, facet injections, rhizotomies, and stimulator implants. Elizabeth’s goal is to provide the patient with the utmost care and the very best results.
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