Myofascial pain

Myofascial pain affects skeletal muscles that connect muscles to bones and help you move. It also affects the tissue (called fascia) that surrounds the muscles. It can occur in a single muscle or group of muscles.

Symptoms of myofascial pain

With about 400 skeletal muscles in the body, myofascial pain is a common disorder. Some typical symptoms include:

  • Muscle weakness, tingling or stiffness
  • Painful, sensitive trigger points within muscles
  • Referred pain that begins at trigger points but is felt in other parts of the body
  • Burning, sharp, aching or nagging pain

Causes of myofascial pain

Myofascial pain can occur as an acute problem in patients who have lived with chronic conditions for months or years. Although the exact causes are unknown, some possible factors include:

  • Repetitive motion during exercise or work activities
  • Muscle overuse or strain
  • Stress or fatigue
  • Trauma to the affected area

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