Myofascial pain — overview and cause of myofascial disease

Myofascial pain is a severe type of muscle pain that inflames the soft muscle tissues in the body and creates chronic, sometimes debilitating, pain, similar to the pain associated with fibromyalgia. Some cases of myofascial pain occur locally in one muscle group, while others may trigger an entire muscle group, causing the pain to radiate through a larger area of the body.

If you have been diagnosed with myofascial pain, you understand the frustration and despair that accompanies particularly bad episodes of muscle pain. The chronic pain that you feel may be preventing you from doing the activities that you love, and maybe even from completed daily activities.

At Laser Spine Institute, we are committed to helping you find pain relief. Our care team is ready to help inform you about your condition and the treatment options available to you so you can make the best decision for your health needs.

Causes of myofascial pain

There are many triggers that may cause the development of myofascial pain. The most common causes of this muscle condition include:

  • Muscle injury
  • Repetitive motion
  • Lack of activity
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Stress
  • Other spine conditions

Myofascial pain often develops after a muscle injury or tear, causing the muscle fibers to be sensitive and susceptible to pain. Instances of strained muscles may also trigger myofascial pain if the injury occurs frequently and without much rest between instances.

Symptoms of myofascial pain

Symptoms of any medical condition present themselves differently in each person affected with the condition. However, the most common symptoms of myofascial pain often include:

  • Stiffness
  • Limited mobility
  • Chronic pain
  • Muscle tension
  • Trouble sleeping
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • “Knot” feeling in muscle

If you are experiencing these symptoms as a result of your myofascial pain, consult your physician about the treatment options available to you to help you find pain relief and return to your normal life.

Treatment options

There are many conservative treatments available to treat myofascial pain, including physical therapy and pain medication. Consult your physician to determine the best course of action to treat your condition. You can also reach out to our care team at Laser Spine Institute for more information about the treatment options available to you. Laser Spine Institute does not treat myofascial pain, but we can help inform you about the condition and advise you on the next best step to find pain relief.