Muscle pain, or Myofascial pain syndrome is the pain and inflammation of the body's muscles or soft tissue. Usually a chronic condition, muscle pain can be isolated to a single muscle or consist of an entire muscle group. Often with muscle pain, referred pain occurs. This is when the area where a person experiences the pain may not be where the myofascial pain generator is located.
Muscle pain can be caused by injury or trauma, overuse, certain drugs, infections or certain illnesses. Generally, the pain is actually coming from the connective tissue that covers the muscles. Symptoms of muscle pain usually involve pain with specific "trigger" or "tender" points. Small bumps form on the connective tissue and pain is felt when these bumps are pressed in the areas where they come in contact with the muscle.
Muscle pain can vary in intensity, but chronic muscle pain can be debilitating. Muscle pain is treated through various techniques by our pain specialists and the most common is, trigger point injections. Trigger point injections are used to treat painful areas where knots of muscle or trigger points form when muscles do not relax.