Muscle Pain (cont.)
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How is myofascial pain diagnosed?
Trigger points can be identified by pain that results when pressure is applied to an area of a person's body. In the diagnosis of myofascial pain syndrome, four types of trigger points can be distinguished:
How is myofascial pain treated?
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In some chronic cases of myofascial pain, combinations of physical therapy, trigger point injections, and massage are needed. In select cases, medication is used to treat other conditions that often occur with myofascial pain, such as insomnia and depression.
Reviewed by the doctors at The Cleveland Clinic Neuroscience Center.
Last Editorial Review: 3/1/2007
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