Myofascial pain syndrome: an overview

J Pain Palliat Care Pharmacother. 2015 Mar;29(1):16-21. doi: 10.3109/15360288.2014.997853. Epub 2015 Jan 5.


Over the last few decades, advances have been made in the understanding of myofascial pain syndromes (MPSs). In spite of its high prevalence in the society, it is not a commonly established diagnosis. MPS is said to be the great imitator. This article puts some light on the various clinical presentations of the syndrome, on the various tools to reach to a diagnosis for commencing the treatment and on the treatment modalities that have been used so far.

Keywords: myofascial pain syndrome; trigger points.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Humans
  • Myofascial Pain Syndromes / diagnosis
  • Myofascial Pain Syndromes / epidemiology
  • Myofascial Pain Syndromes / therapy*
  • Prevalence
  • Trigger Points*