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- What is Myofascial Pain Syndrome (MPS)?
- What is the treatment for Myofascial Pain Syndrome (MPS)?
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What is Myofascial Pain Syndrome (MPS)?
Myofascial Pain Syndrome (MPS), is a surprisingly common chronic pain condition affecting either a single muscle or group of muscles. It is caused by damage to the fascia, which are the layers of connective tissue that surround and protect our muscles. This damage may be caused by an injury or trauma to muscles, tendons or ligaments or by an injury to discs in the spine.
The condition is characterised by the presence of ‘trigger points’ which can often be felt or even seen like a knot beneath the skin. These trigger points are tender to touch and cause pain. People suffering MPS often feel pain in other parts of the body, which is called ‘referred pain’. The level of pain can vary considerably from modest discomfort to totally unbearable. However, in addition to pain, sufferers often suffer a host of other symptoms. Our clients have reported memory problems, headaches and even visual problems.
“Andrew, I feel so lucky to have found you. What a difference you made! Let’s face it, with [previous solicitors] the claim was heading for the rocks. Thank you so much.” TR (£265,000 received), October 2018
What is the treatment for Myofascial Pain Syndrome (MPS)?
Unfortunately, there is currently no cure for MPS. However, there are treatments which can help long term management of the condition.
Trigger point release
Upon diagnosis, physiotherapy and massage are common initial recommendations. This often involves a technique known as ‘trigger point release’ where pressure is applied to the trigger point. The pressure is gradually increased until the trigger point releases. This can only provide relief in the short term, but the idea is that it can then enable the treatment provider to take advantage of the temporary respite in the pain to work with the patient on MPS stretching exercises. These can help to strengthen the muscles for longer term benefit.
“Thank you for everything you’ve done for me. What I’ve really appreciated is that from the beginning you’ve believed me, which I don’t think many people do, even now. Thank you again.” JR (£165,000 compensation recovered), November 2018
If less invasive therapy is unsuccessful, trigger point injections may be considered. A trigger point injection is an injection of local anaesthetic and steroid into the painful ‘knot’. Pain relief may become apparent within a few hours. This is the effect of the local anaesthetic. The steroid itself may take a couple of weeks to start having a beneficial effect and in some case can help provide relief for two or three months. As with the trigger point release, this respite in the pain can provide a window of opportunity for the physical therapist to work on muscle strengthening.
Injections of Botulinum Toxin (or Botox) were for a time more popular than they are currently. Research on the efficacy of Botox in the treatment of MPS has proved inconclusive.
Dry needling is a controversial and unproven technique for treating Myofascial Pain Syndrome. It involves the insertion of fine, (but usually) solid needles through the skin into muscle tissue with a view to releasing tight areas or “knots” (mysofascial trigger points). It is known as ‘dry’ needling as no liquid is injected.
Some sufferers also find benefit in more alternative forms of therapy, such as relaxation techniques, the Feldenkrais Method or the Bowen Technique.
“Thank you for your patience and understanding. I know I’m not easy to deal with where my pain flares. You’re a genuinely decent human being Bruce and I can’t believe I’m saying that about a solicitor!” HM (£215,000 compensation recovered), November 2019