MYOFACIAL PAIN

It is believed that around 10–15% of the United States population have some form of Myofascial Pain. CuraLase approaches Myofascial Pain by conducting a careful screening interview with a qualified practitioner. The screening will determine the correct protocol for patient care. This is an important step in making sure that the patient does not have an acute problem requiring urgent medical attention.

Myofascial Pain Syndrome (MPS) is characterized by chronic pain with 11 or fewer trigger points and constriction in the tissue. It can appear in any body part; however, it is most commonly experienced in the neck, shoulders and back. Symptoms of Myofascial trigger points include: focal point tenderness, reproduction of pain upon trigger point palpation, hardening of the muscle, weakness of the involved muscle, referred pain, and limited range of motion. The exact cause is uncertain, but some believe it is caused by viral infections (Epstein Barr virus or possible others).

Patients often experience pain relief starting in the first week of treatment.

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Symptoms of Myofascial Pain:
• Deep, aching pain in a muscle
• Pain that persists or worsens
• A tender knot in a muscle
• Difficulty sleeping due to pain

How to treat Myofascial Pain: