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What are myofascial pain trigger points?

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When diagnosing myofascial pain syndrome, trigger points can be identified by the type of pain that results when pressure is applied to a specific spot:

  • Active trigger point is extremely tender and usually lies within the skeletal muscle associated with pain in that area or nearby.
  • Latent trigger point may cause muscle weakness or restrict movement. It's a dormant (inactive) area that could act like a trigger point.

SOURCE: National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke.

Reviewed by Carol DerSarkissian on April 30, 2017

SOURCE: National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke.

Reviewed by Carol DerSarkissian on April 30, 2017

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