When I read articles or hear people talk about fibromyalgia, I often see the terms tender points and trigger points used interchangeably. Sometimes even medical professionals will mix them up. The fact is, tender points and trigger points are two very different things. If you have fibromyalgia, you probably know that tender points are used in diagnosing FM. But then what are trigger points?
To learn what each is and how to differentiate between them, read: The Difference Between Tender Points and Trigger Points
In this study, researchers report how experts diagnose myofascial trigger point (MTrP) pain syndrome. Trigger points are hyperirritable spots within a tight band of muscle or in the fascia over the muscle. Many people suffer from this painful muscle condition. Accurate diagnosis helps guide treatment. To find out what criteria experts use in the diagnosis, the authors reviewed 93 studies on the subject. They found 19 different ways health care providers assess and diagnose MTrPs. Four factors were used most often: Tender points in the muscle Patient report of pain pattern Typical pattern of pain expected from specific MTrPs Local twitch reponse The local twitch response is the visible contraction of tense muscle fibers when pressed.About half the studies used tender points and expected pain pattern as their criteria. Eleven studies didn't report any method used to diagnose MTrPs.
The authors point out that there isn't a consistent way to define or diagnose MTrPs among researchers. Studies ...
Have you ever developed cramping in your hands and fingers from typing too much, or had pain in your calf muscles from wearing ill fitted shoes or overdoing? These are examples that could be the result of developing myofascial trigger points.
What Is a Myofascial Trigger Point?
A myofascial trigger point (TrP) is a self-sustaining irritable area in a taut/tight band of muscle fiber that is felt as a nodule or bump. The irritated spot causes shortening of the muscle involved interferes with movement causing pain and weakness.
MTrP = myofascial trigger point
TrP = trigger point
TrPs = trigger points (plural)
Muscles develop TrPs because of injury , surgery, poor posture, repetitive motion, chronic tension, muscle strain, disease , or other aggravating factors. They can also cause changes in balance, nausea, vision, hearing, heart palpitations, bowel and gonad related difficulties, urinary difficulties, and many other autonomic disr...
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