Myofascial pain syndrome is very common among chronic pain disorders. It can affect various parts of the body. It is manifested by the hyperirritable spots in skeletal muscles called trigger points. These trigger points can be felt as nodule of a muscle with hard consistency, or as a band.
Pressing the trigger points may elicit pain to different areas of the body and this pain is called referred pain. It can make diagnosing the condition very hard because the pain mimics pain from other more common diseases and conditions like tension headaches, tinnitus or eye pain.
Symptoms of this condition include regional persistent pain which makes motion hard and painful. The common painful areas are shoulders, head, neck, and extremities. The trigger points for this condition are formed as a result of muscle trauma or injury. Try not to overuse your muscles. When muscle fibers contract but can’t get back to their previous state, the trigger point is made.
The best and most common treatments to release the trigger points are massages with a skillful therapist and injections of saline or steroids.