The Case for Comorbid Myofascial Pain-A Qualitative Review

Int J Environ Res Public Health. 2020 Jul 17;17(14):5188. doi: 10.3390/ijerph17145188.


Myofascial pain syndrome is widely considered to be among the most prevalent pain conditions, both in the community and in specialized pain clinics. While myofascial pain often arises in otherwise healthy individuals, evidence is mounting that its prevalence may be even higher in individuals with various comorbidities. Comorbid myofascial pain has been observed in a wide variety of medical conditions, including malignant tumors, osteoarthritis, neurological conditions, and mental health conditions. Here, we review the evidence of comorbid myofascial pain and discuss the diagnostic and therapeutic implications of its recognition.

Keywords: chronic pain; comorbid pain; myofascial pain syndrome; secondary pain.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Comorbidity
  • Humans
  • Myofascial Pain Syndromes* / epidemiology
  • Myofascial Pain Syndromes* / therapy