Consult Myofascial Pain Treatment in Washington & Greenbelt, MD
Consult with our Myofascial Pain Specialists in Maryland to receive personalized pain management
What Is Myofascial Pain
Myofascial Pain causes chronic pain due to sensitivity within the trigger points of muscles. The muscle itself may hurt or the sensations may cause referred pain in other areas of the body. Because of the nature of the pain, Myofascial Pain can be difficult to treat. Unlike other muscle soreness or pain, Myofascial Pain increases over time.
The cause of Myofascial Pain is often overuse of the muscle, repetitive motions, or an injury. This is what causes the sensitivity and pain associated with the sensation.
Myofascial Pain Treatment from a pain specialist is critical so that the source of the pain is being treated properly and relief can be found. Without proper treatment, patients note seeing an interference in their sleep, daily activities, and overall lifestyle.
Pain Management Associates in Greenbelt offers dedicated myofascial specialists in Maryland who can help pinpoint the cause of the pain, understand how the pain is interfering with daily activities, and recommend a well-rounded and easy-to-manage pain treatment plan.
Contact Maryland Myofascial Pain Doctors at Pain Management Associates today to consult on your personalized pain management treatment plan
Diagnosing Myofascial Pain to Seek Myofascial Pain Treatment
To diagnose myofascial pain, a pain specialist will focus on your symptoms, medical history, and any possible pain treatments you have already tried. A proper diagnosis and history allow for a better treatment plan moving forward. Exploring myofascial symptoms isn’t just about a diagnosis of the pain but understanding how the pain affects you individually and impacts your lifestyle.
Diagnosis for myofascial pain may include imaging, a medical history, ultrasounds, a physical examination, and more. During all of this, pain specialists consider what activities or daily routines may contribute to the pain and diagnosis. This can better help tailor a personalized treatment plan that targets specific causes and risks.
The common symptoms of myofascial pain are:
- Persistent deep muscle pain
- Worsening pain
- Localized pain
- Muscle weakness
- Tender knots within the muscle
- Continued muscle stiffness
- Pain that interrupts sleep or daily activities
- Reduced mobility
The common causes or risks associated with myofascial pain include:
- Muscle injuries
- Continued muscle strain (i.e., repetitive motions)
- Stress/anxiety (muscle tension and strain)
- Lack of muscle use or movement
- Poor posture
- Working in cold environments
- Pinched nerve
- Nutritional deficiencies
How Our Pain Specialists Approach Myofascial Pain Treatment in Greenbelt, MD
Some of the Myofascial Pain Treatments you should expect to discuss may include:
- Over-the-counter pain medications
- Infrequent and controlled use of Klonopin or other sedatives
- Controlled and sparse use of muscle relaxers
- Physical therapy stretches
- Posture improvements
- Heat therapy
- Massage techniques
- Needle therapy
- Ultrasound therapy
- At-home exercises
- Resting poses for tension/stress-induced pain
- Dietary adjustments
- Body braces (back brace, for example)