Myofascial (Trigger point) Syndromes
Myofascial syndrome (MFS) is a musculoskeletal condition that causes pain in unrelated or distant parts of the body, known as referred pain, when pressure is placed on sensitive points in muscles (trigger points).
MFS is characterized by involuntary “twitch” responses when these trigger points are pushed.
The condition can often be attributed to a malfunction of the fascia, a connective tissue that spreads throughout the body to surround every muscle, bone, nerve, blood vessel, and organ of the body. As a result, pain or abnormal pressure can be felt in nerves, muscles, bones, or organs across other parts of the body.
This pain can also be linked to inadequate blood flow to the trigger point, which inhibits the area’s ability to filter out metabolic wastes like lactic acid and potassium buildup, stimulating nerve endings close by that create the sensation of pain.
Trigger Point Injection
A trigger point injection is used to treat muscles that are in spasm, painful, or unable to relax. Trigger points in these muscles may irritate the nerves around them, causing referred pain in other areas of the body. During the procedure, a needle is inserted into the muscle and a small amount of local anesthetic is used to sedate the muscle, allowing it to relax. Trigger points usually take effect immediately and can last from hours to months.
Chronic Pain Management
Chronic pain refers to any pain lasting in excess of six months. There is no clear cause, as the term applies to any long-term discomfort arising from an initial injury. Chronic pain can occur in virtually any part of the human body and often contributes to other residual health problems including fatigue, decreased appetite, mood swings, and a lack of mobility. These difficulties negatively affect a person’s ability to lead a comfortable lifestyle. Many advances in modern medicine are helping people to manage their chronic pain more effectively to reduce suffering and enhance a patient’s quality of life and functionality. We will fully evaluate your condition and design a holistic, individually tailored plan to help you return to your life.