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The Best Myofascial Pain Syndrome Treatments

Dec 08, 2019
HARVARD TRAINED PAIN DOCTORS | VOTED #1 PAIN CENTER | PAIN TREATMENT SPECIALISTS

If you have myofascial pain syndrome, you may experience aching muscular pain throughout your body. This pain can affect your mobility, mood and energy level, making daily activities difficult. Myofascial pain syndrome (MPS) is a chronic pain condition. It affects soft tissue: muscles, and fascia (covers muscles). The specific sites of injury to these tissues are called myofascial trigger points. Trigger points feel like  tender knots beneath the skin, and are commonly found in the jaw, low back, pelvis, arms and legs. These points can be spontaneously or actively triggered. They may also be associated with numbness, twitching and sleep disturbance. If your pain is severe or significantly affecting your life, you should consider a visit with a qualified pain physician to diagnose your pain. Pain physicians can help you begin to treat the pain immediately, and avoid complications and permanent damage.

Self-care

Obtain adequate sleep and a healthy diet rich in vegetables, fruits, whole grains, healthy fats and lean meats to better equip yourself mentally and physically to cope with pain. You may also benefit from sharing your feelings and experiences of chronic pain. A pain doctor can refer you to a mental health professional.

Stress & relaxation techniques

Practice mindfulness and other relaxation therapies to help release bodily tension and decrease your pain. A pain specialist can refer you to a trained professional.

Heat

Apply a hot pad for 15 minutes at a time to decrease bodily stiffness.

Stretching and conditioning exercises

Perform stretches and conditioning exercises at home to improve strength and posture and decrease pain. A pain specialist can determine which stretches and exercises are right for you.

Anti-inflammatory medications and physical therapy

Anti-inflammatory pain relievers such as Motrin, Advil and Aleve, and physical therapy work to reduce your myofascial pain. A pain physician can refer you to a physical therapist.

Massage therapy

Massage therapy can help to release bodily tension and decrease your pain. A pain specialist can refer you to a massage therapist.

Biofeedback therapy

Sensors attached to the body aid in learning how to control your body’s physiological states, including muscle tension and pain. A pain specialist can refer you to a trained professional.

Music and vibration therapy

Music and vibration therapy can reduce bodily tension and pain. A pain specialist can refer you to a trained professional.

If you’re searching for a “back doctor in NYC” or are unsure of what type of doctor do I see for back pain, look for pain doctors that offer back pain treatments in NYC that do not resort to surgery or narcotics to treat chronic pain.

Electromedicine

Transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS), laser therapy and therapeutic ultrasound can increase blood circulation, accelerate natural healing, and reduce bodily tension and pain. A pain specialist can refer you to a trained professional.

Dry needling with or without heat

This needle procedure has long treated myofascial pain. Insertion of a room temperature or heated needle into the trigger point breaks up muscle tension and reduces pain. A specially trained pain specialist can perform this procedure for you.

Wet needling with local anesthetic

Insertion of a needle with local anesthetic into the trigger point not only breaks up muscle tension, but also blocks the triggering nerves from feeling pain. A specially trained pain specialist can perform this procedure for you.

Trigger point injections

Pain medicine specialists inject a small needle containing saline, local anesthetic and possibly cortisone, botox or platelet rich plasma. Platelet rich plasma uses your own blood platelets and growth factors to accelerate the natural healing process and reduce pain. Botox and cortisone also reduce pain. These injections can enable you to participate in physical therapy. Many people consider trigger point injections to be the single most effective therapy available for myofascial pain syndrome and related conditions.

What Causes Myofascial Pain Syndrome?

Although there are many causes of MPS, the most common cause is strain or injury of a muscle, ligament or tendon. Ligaments and tendons are fibrous bands of tissue; ligaments connect bone to bone, and tendons connect muscle to bone. Other causes of MPS include:

  • Skeletal and joint abnormalities, such as abnormal spine curvature, uneven leg length or osteoarthritis
  • Injured or slipped discs, such as from heavy lifting
  • Overuse of unconditioned muscles
  • Inactive lifestyle or poor posture
  • Arm or leg immobilization, such as from being in a cast
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Prior surgeries
  • Certain medical conditions, such as cardiovascular, gastrointestinal, infectious or hormonal diseases
  • Hormonal changes, such as pre-menstrual syndrome or menopause
  • Depression, anxiety and stress
  • Vitamin and other nutritional deficiencies
  • Certain medications, such as oral contraceptive pills
  • Prolonged exposure to cold
  • Smoking

What Type of Doctor Can Help You if Home Treatments Fail?

If your myofascial pain does not improve with home treatments, you should consider visiting a pain specialist right away. A pain medicine specialist is a doctor who has specialized training in preventing, evaluating and treating pain conditions. If you are looking for a premier pain management clinic, that accepts most health insurance plans, check out Pain Treatment Specialists. Pain Treatment Specialists clinics are located in New York City, and in Clifton, Paramus and Wayne, New Jersey. They can assist in treating all kinds of myofascial pain. Pain Treatment Specialists are also affiliated with one of the best vein medicine clinics nationally, VIP Medical Group.

Why Visit a Pain Treatment Specialists Clinic in N.Y. or N.J.?

The pain doctors at Pain Treatment Specialists are Harvard-trained and board-certified with the American Board of Anesthesiology Pain Medicine. In addition to having the best training, Pain Treatment Specialists are compassionate with thoughtful bedside manner. Our skilled physicians are able to perform the most advanced pain medicine interventions available on the market. A pain doctor at Pain Treatment Specialists will work with you to accurately diagnose your MPS with a physical examination; electromyography (EMG); and X-ray, ultrasound, CT or MRI imaging studies. They will explore further myofascial pain syndrome treatment options, like needle procedures and trigger point injections, that are minimally invasive and have long-lasting effects. When at all possible, Pain Treatment Specialists will avoid treating with narcotic pain medications or surgery, but will refer you to an orthopedic surgeon if need be.

Meet our

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George Hanna MD

Director of Pain Management | Double Board Certified


Pain Management
Anesthesiology

Harvard Medical School
Brigham and Women’s Hospital
Massachusetts General Hospital


Dr. George Hanna is a nationally recognized pain management specialist and double Board Certified in anesthesiology and pain management medicine.
Dr. Hanna is currently available at Pain Treatment Specialists in Manhattan and Clifton, NJ.

Namrata Khimani MD

DOUBLE BOARD CERTIFIED | NEW YORK PAIN Specialist


Pain Management
Venous Medicine

Harvard Medical School
Brigham and Women’s Hospital
Columbia: NY Presbyterian Hospital


Dr. Namrata Khimani is a leader in the field of pain medicine. She is one of a select number of physicians who have passed the rigorous certification process to become a nationally recognized pain specialist by the American Board of Anesthesiology. Born and raised in New York, Dr. Khimani earned her undergraduate degree from Columbia University and went on to graduate from Harvard Medical School with honors.

Michael Nguyen MD

TRIPLE Board CERTIFIED | NEW YORK & NEW JERSEY pain specialist


Pain Management
Venous Medicine
Aesthetics

Harvard Medical School
Brigham & Women’s Hospital


Dr. Michael Nguyen is world renowned in Pain Medicine. Dr. Michael completed his residency and advanced Pain fellowship training at Harvard Medical School. During his tenure at Harvard, Dr. Michael was awarded the “Mentor of the Year” and also “Teacher of the Year” award. After graduating, Dr. Michael taught for two years at Harvard – training new graduates on the latest modern advances in interventional pain management for multiple pain ailments.

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George
Hanna MD

Double Board Certified
Director of Pain Management
Harvard Medical School
Dr. George Hanna is a nationally recognized pain management specialist and Double Board Certified in anesthesiology and pain management medicine. Dr. Hanna is currently available at Pain Treatment Specialists in Manhattan. He is now accepting most major medical insurances, including Medicare.
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Namrata
Khimani MD

Double Board Certified
Harvard Medical School
Dr. Namrata Khimani is a nationally recognized leader in the field of pain medicine. She is one of a select number of physicians who have passed the rigorous certification process to become a nationally recognized pain specialist by the American Board of Anesthesiology.
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Michael
Nguyen MD

Triple Board Certified
Harvard Medical SChool
Dr. Michael Nguyen is world renowned in Pain Medicine. Dr. Nguyen completed his residency and advanced Pain fellowship training at Harvard Medical School. During his tenure at Harvard, Dr. Nguyen was awarded the “Mentor of the Year” and also “Teacher of the Year” award. After finishing at Harvard, Dr. Michael Nguyen taught for two years at Harvard – training new graduates on the latest modern advances in interventional pain management for multiple pain ailments.
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