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What Is a Myofascial Trigger Point? October 6, 2017

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What Is a Myofascial Trigger Point?, Lincoln, Nebraska

It can be frustrating when you suffer from pain but can’t find a healthcare provider to diagnose and treat it. There are hundreds of conditions and diseases that cause pain, so it is not surprising that doctors occasionally misdiagnose their patients. For example, one of the most often overlooked sources of pain is myofascial trigger points. This hypersensitive area develops in the muscle  and fascia as the result of overuse, misuse, injury, or repetitive strain, infection and stress.

Understanding Myofascial Trigger Points

What Are the Symptoms?

Myofascial trigger points often mimic the symptoms of various health conditions, which is why they can be difficult to diagnose and treat. For example, their signs are often confused with those of carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS). Signs that you might have trigger points include muscle weakness, stiffness, dull pain, shooting pain that radiates up an arm or down a leg, tingling, and numbness.

How Do You Treat Them?

trigger pointLeft untreated, trigger points may never go away. They can also make the surrounding areas vulnerable to developing additional points. The most effective way to address these areas is by having a professional make an accurate diagnosis and then taking a comprehensive treatment approach. The standard treatment for CTS won’t provide relief if you are suffering from trigger points. Instead, an effective treatment might include Trigger point release pressure, myofascial release, various stretching exercises and manual neuromuscular techniques.

 

If your doctor can’t identify the cause of your painful symptoms, turn to Trigger Point Myotherapy in Lincoln, NE. Their experienced team will evaluate the source of any neck, back, wrist, or shoulder pain and devise a treatment plan that will provide relief. They will also teach you a few tailored stretching exercises to try at home, so you don’t have to rely solely on one of their providers for pain management. Call (404) 228-8955 or visit their website to make an appointment today.

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