Nearly everyone has experienced some sort of muscle tension pain. If this sort of pain becomes persistent, it is referred to Myofascial Pain Syndrome (MPS), which is a chronic pain disorder. It occurs due to inflammation of the body’s soft tissues.
MPS occurs after a muscle has been contracted repetitively. This condition affects the connective tissue covering the muscles, also known as fascial. In most cases, the area you experience pain is usually not the actual site of the injury. Pressure on trigger points in your muscles causes pain in seemingly unrelated parts of your body.
If you have MPS, you are likely to show the following signs and symptoms;
Like discussed above, Myofascial pain is resulting from a muscle injury or strain on a muscle group, ligament/tendon. It may also be due to repetitive motions as well as the lack of activity e.g. in the case of a broken arm in a sling.
Also, it is important to note that people with stress and anxiety are likely to develop trigger points in their muscles which may lead to pain.
Diagnosis of MPS involves identifying trigger points. They are determined by applying pressure to specified areas of your body. The doctor will apply gentle finger pressure to the painful area.
The doctor can distinguish two types of trigger points: A latent trigger point which is an inactive area capable of acting as a trigger point and an active trigger point which is an area with extreme tenderness lying within the skeletal muscle.
Treatment of MPS involves techniques using medication and non-drugs.
Your doctor may prescribe stronger pain relievers, or you just use over the counter pain relievers such as ibuprofen and naproxen sodium (Alexe). Others are available in patches which you can place on your skin to relieve pain.
Other than the use of medication you can ease the pain using non-drug treatments such as:
These forms of treatment obviously depend on the stage you are in. Some of the home remedies you can use to cope with the pain include; Exercises, try to relax and get enough sleep and avoid being stressed and finally eat healthy diets full of fruits and vegetables.