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Muscle Pain

 

 

Muscle pain can be the worst most painful pain of all. I have seen six foot six Brown University football players on their hands and knees from nothing other than muscle pain. Certainly any one who has ever had a cramp knows who painful that can be.

Muscle pain can be the result of direct trauma to the muscle, a secondary result of a nerve injury or a muscle disease. In treating injuries, it is important to remember this and treat the muscle component of the injury with rehabilitation designed for muscle. Heat, ice, ultrasound, massage and stretching are critical. Muscle relaxant medication may be indicated.

Sometimes the injury is severe enough that the muscle does not heal as normal muscle tissue but as scar tissue of muscle fibrosis. This often requires a cortisone injection to disrupt and melt the fibrosis tissue.

Cortisone injections do not just mask the pain like an anesthetic. It actually treat the source of the pain, the scar tissue itself. A properly performed trigger point injection should be painless.

If the muscle spasm is really severe and involves the entire muscle, not just a trigger point within one muscle, the FDA has just approved Botox for muscle spasm injections associated with torticolis and migraines.

 

 

Specializing in non-surgical treatment of low back pain, neck pain, carpal tunnel and sports injuries in Rhode Island (RI).

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