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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.

Information comes courtesy of the Mayo Clinic and WebMD.




Treatments

  • 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.



Providers

George Montgomery Baylor, M.D.

Dr. George Montgomery “Monty” Baylor is a board certified anesthesiologist and pain management physician with a wealth of experience with advanced interventional therapies. Dr. Baylor completed his medical school training at Marshall University School of Medicine.  … Read More

Marc A. Swanson, M.D.

Dr. Marc Swanson has been a pillar of the Roanoke Valley for the past 23 years.  He is board certified in both Anesthesiology and Pain Management.  He practices holistic pain medicine with a focus on … Read More

Anthony L. Dragovich, M.D.

Dr. Anthony Dragovich is a board certified anesthesiologist and pain medicine physician with expert proficiency in the placement of implantable devices and ultrasound guided procedures. Dr. Dragovich performed his anesthesiology residency at Walter Reed Army Medical Center … Read More

Laura Davis, PA-C

Mrs. Laura Davis is a caring, compassionate Physician Assistant who has practiced pain medicine for the past six years. She was born in Ohio and completed her undergraduate work at Wright State University.  Her acceptance to … Read More

Dana Hurt, PA-C

Ms. Dana Hurt is an area native who feels fortunate to be able to give back to her beloved community. She was born in Bedford and has completed her education in the local region.  She attended … Read More