Myofascial Pain Syndrome/Lumbar Strain-Sprain
Myofascial pain syndrome refers to a disorder affecting the fascia, or connective tissue (soft tissue) that covers a muscle or muscle group. An injured muscle may form a “trigger point,” or a taut fibrous band of collagen. A trigger point is actually a “knot” felt deep in muscle tissue that causes pain in the muscle and in a related limb (so-called referred pain). Many times the muscle becomes spastic and numbness in the leg or foot may occur. Myofascial pain syndrome can be mistaken for a pinched nerve, but the treatment is different. Spasms in the muscles to the side of the neck and back are strongly related to myofascial pain.
Non-surgical treatment options
- Physical therapy
- Laser and ultrasound techniques
- Manipulative therapy
- Pain medication
- Trigger point injections