Trigger point

Trigger points (TrPs) or muscle “knots” are sore spots in soft tissue that cause deep aching. Myofascial pain syndrome (MPS) is a chronic pain disorder of too many trigger points. TrPs are usually described as micro-cramps, but the science is half-baked and their nature is controversial.

Trigger points are often called muscle knots. They are a tight lump in an area of muscle that can cause pain. Where might trigger points occur? You may have trigger points in your neck, shoulders, or upper and lower back.

A Trigger Point (TrP) is a hyperirritable spot, a palpable nodule in the taut bands of the skeletal muscles’ fascia. Direct compression or muscle contraction can elicit jump sign, local tenderness, local twitch response and referred pain which usually responds with a pain pattern distant from the spot.

Myofascial trigger point reference including referred pain and muscle diagrams as well as symptoms caused by triggerpoints.

Myofascial trigger point; Other names: Trigger point: Specialty: Rheumatology: Myofascial trigger points, also known as trigger points, are described as hyperirritable spots in the skeletal muscle.They are associated with palpable nodules in taut bands of muscle fibers. They are a topic of ongoing controversy, as there is limited data to inform a scientific understanding of the phenomenon.

Trigger Point Symptoms & Referred Pain Patterns Pain is a complex symptom experienced differently and individually. However, referred pain is the defining symptom of a myofascial trigger point. You may be used to the idea of referred pain of visceral origin: an example of this is heart pain.