Unfortunately, there is currently no cure for Myofascial Pain Syndrome (MPS).
Upon diagnosis, physiotherapy and massage are common initial recommendations. This often involves a technique known as ‘trigger point release’. This involves applying pressure to the trigger point and then gradually increasing that pressure 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 Myofascial Pain Syndrome stretching exercises. These can help to strengthen the muscles for longer term benefit.
“Thank you for everything you’ve done for me. What I really appreciated was that from the outset you believed me, which I don’t think many people did. You were so caring. Thank you again.” JR (£145,000 received), November 2017
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” within the muscle, commonly referred to as 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.
Why do you need a specialist Myofascial Pain Syndrome Solicitor?
Over many years, we have worked with hundreds of clients suffering MPS and other chronic pain conditions. Accordingly, not only do we have an unrivalled understanding of MPS, but also excellent working relationships with many of the country’s leading medical experts in the condition. As Myofascial Pain Syndrome Solicitors, this is knowledge and expertise we use daily for our clients’ benefit.
We understand the fundamental importance of seeking early specialist treatment and are regularly able to arrange funding for the complete range of treatment options.
Most of our clients begin their claims with other law firms before becoming disillusioned with their lack of understanding of their condition.
In summary, what you can expect when you instruct us is:
- access to the leading experts in the field to get you the specialist medical help you so desperately need;
- regular requests for early interim payments to fund the cost of treatment and rehabilitation as recommended by the medical experts;
- consideration as to whether you would benefit from a medically qualified case manager to co-ordinate your treatment, rehabilitation, purchase of specialist equipment and adaptations to your home.
“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 will happen when you call us?
For a free, confidential discussion, contact us either using the form at the bottom of this page, or call us on 01225 462871.
One of our specialist Myofascial Pain Syndrome solicitors will be waiting to speak with you. They will be able to talk through your situation and make a realistic assessment of how we can maximise your compensation and, crucially, help you to obtain the early, specialist treatment you need.
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