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What is myofascial pain syndrome (MPS)?

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Myofascial pain syndrome (MPS) is a fancy way to describe muscle pain. It refers to pain and inflammation in the body's soft tissues.

MPS is a chronic condition that affects the fascia (connective tissue that covers the muscles). It may involve either a single muscle or a muscle group. In some cases, the area where a person experiences the pain may not be where the myofascial pain generator is located. Experts believe that the actual site of the injury or the strain prompts the development of a trigger point that, in turn, causes pain in other areas. This situation is known as referred pain.

SOURCE: National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke.

Reviewed by Carol DerSarkissian on April 30, 2017

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SOURCE: National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke.

Reviewed by Carol DerSarkissian on April 30, 2017

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