What is Myofascial Pain Syndrome?

What do you know about Myofascial Pain Syndrome? How myofascial pain occurs? When the pain occurs in a limited part of your body or only one side of your body, for example, only around your face and neck, probably you have a myofascial pain syndrome.

Having a good knowledge about your body is essential for your health. In case you have specific kind of pain, you would know how to treat it accordingly. However, you should remember to consult with your doctor and healthcare professionals in order to have a better treatment.

Inside this article, we would like to give you information about Myofascial Pain Syndrome, definitions, how it is diagnosed and other related subjects.

General Information about Myofascial Pain Syndrome
At the moment, there is no clear information and data about how many Americans suffer with Myofascial Pain Syndrome (MPS). MPS seems to be more common among women than those of men. MPS usually occurs between the ages of 20-40 years old.

MPS also happens more often in people with sedentary lifestyle. Sedentary means a lifestyle with lack or physical activity and exercise.

MPS is not a life-threatening pain. The pain intensity of MPS can vary according to physical activity, mood, time of the day, and other factors. MPS rarely worsens if treated in a good manner. In certain cases, MPS sufferers feel the pain all the time.

Myofascial (my-oh-fass-shal) Pain Syndrome is a painful condition and at certain cases causes severe pain in limited areas of the body.

Symptoms of Myofascial Pain Syndrome.

  • Localized pain
  • Sleep problems
  • Muscle tenderness
  • Decreased range of mood which leads to anxiety and depression

MPS may occur in all part of muscle groups, but MPS happens commonly in:

  • Head
  • Neck
  • Shoulders
  • Arms
  • Lower back
  • Legs

How Myofascial Pain Syndrome is Diagnosed
You will not have a specific laboratory test if you suffer with MPS. However, since MPS begins with a specific trigger point (multiple sore spot) within muscles, checks will be conducted according to the presence of trigger points in the muscles.

Referred pain may happen when the trigger points are touched. It happens because the pain might be felt in another part of the body.

In the next article, we will write further about trigger points, causes of Myofascial Pain Syndrome (MPS) and other relevant information.

Kindly remember to consult with your doctor and other healthcare professionals in a bid to have a deeper understanding about MPS.

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