January 17, 2022

Myofascial Pain Syndrome


Luke Nelson

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5 Minutes

Myofascial Pain Syndrome (MPS)


What is Myofascial Pain Syndrome (MPS)?1,2


Have you been experiencing muscle pain that you can’t seem to overcome? Many times, there are muscles that get very tight and form “knots” or what we like to call “trigger points” that cause pain and tightness that can interfere with our daily life. MPS is fairly common among the average adult population, and it can be treated very easily with appropriate physical therapy treatments.


How can Physical Therapy help?3


During treatment at Imagine Physical Therapy, we will ask a few specific questions about what the pain you are experiencing feels like, where it is, what aggravates it, and what makes it better? We will also take you through some tests that will evaluate your strength, range of motion, and endurance. Most importantly, we want to provoke your symptoms so we can create the best treatment plan that will help you get better faster. This process is hands-on and very effective in helping you regain the function that has been lost. We also use manual treatments such as dry needling, massage, ultrasound, electrical stimulation, and cupping to help reduce the pain you are feeling. 


Is MPS like Fibromyalgia?4,5


No! Fibromyalgia is a complex disease with very specific symptoms that you must have to be properly diagnosed. This disease has a lot of common symptoms that MPS can present with, but they are certainly not the same thing. To have fibromyalgia, you must go through a very thorough physical exam with a health care professional (preferably your physical therapist) and meet specific criteria. We at Imagine PT can tell you about said criteria during your own physical exam!


What are the next steps?


If you or someone you know may have similar symptoms as described above, then Imagine PT is your place to go! We are equipped with the knowledge and skills to help properly diagnose and treat your symptoms. You will be surprised how quickly you can get better and have long-lasting benefits!



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