What to do About Myofascial Pain

Lots of people feel musculoskeletal pain after unusual activity, such as a hard athletic workout or a long day of heavy lifting on a job site. However, if you have myofascial pain syndrome (MPS), you develop sensitive spots known as trigger points that tap into referred pain from other areas of your body.

With MPS, your pain doesn’t fade after a few days, the way aches and pains from physical stress typically do. Instead, for patients diagnosed with MPS, professional expertise and treatment is necessary to resolve pain symptoms and preserve quality of life.

At Morris Medical Center, wellness specialist Dareld R. Morris II, DO provides expert care for new and existing patients from around the Fort Myers and LaBelle, Florida area. Could you benefit from MPS evaluation and care this fall and winter?

What is myofascial pain?

Your fascia are the bands of connective tissue surrounding your muscles. Fascia forms a part of the complex musculoskeletal system that extends throughout your body, holding your skeleton together and allowing you to move and exert force and pressure. 

When one or more of your muscles has to contract repeatedly, typically through athletic or work activity, you can develop trigger points for myofascial pain. Sustained physical stress can also cause you to develop MPS. Instead of getting better over time, MPS pain sticks around, and sometimes worsens over days and weeks.

If you have chronic MPS, you feel pain in areas of your body that seem unrelated to the muscle or muscle group that has been damaged. When you press on your trigger points, you might experience sensations of referred pain shooting across your body. 

Exploring your MPS treatment options

When MPS pain threatens your quality of life, seek diagnosis and care from Dr. Morris at Morris Medical Center. After Dr. Morris confirms your MPS diagnosis, he can recommend the right combinations of treatments and therapies to ease your pain.

With support, you can get back to work, or continue with your hobbies without worrying about nagging chronic pain symptoms. Dr. Morris may recommend treatment options, including physical therapy, trigger point injections, and pain medications as well as other relaxation techniques.

What you can do to relieve MPS pain for good

Physical therapy and exercise are the most important part of nearly every MPS treatment plan. Dr. Morris can recommend the right stretches and changes to your posture to relieve pain in your affected muscles. Techniques, like massage and heat therapy, keep your pain symptoms at bay.

Dr. Morris works with you to manage your MPS pain. He may recommend over-the-counter pain relievers, or prescribe other pain medications or antidepressants to control your pain symptoms. You may also be able to benefit from steroid or anesthetic injections into your trigger points, a potentially rapid-acting solution for your MPS symptoms.

Dr. Morris can help you find the right techniques and therapies to resolve your MPS symptoms and free you from your chronic muscle pain. To learn more about MPS, and get started developing your unique treatment plan, schedule your initial consultation appointment with Dr. Morris now. You can book over the phone, or with the online tool.

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