Patients with chronic face and neck pain, or myofascial pain, must typically undergo several treatments to alleviate the pain symptoms associated with the condition. A comprehensive treatment plan may include the following treatments:
- Physical therapy
- Spray and Stretch: application of a very cold spray that temporarily distracts the muscle, allowing a doctor or therapist to stretch the muscle to the point of release.
- Trigger point injections: The injection works to relax the tension of the trigger point and relieve associated pain, allowing the trigger point to be released and more effectively addressed with physical therapy.
Treatment of myofascial pain can be dependent on the patient’s level of health or severity of injury. An individual’s rate of improvement may vary based on a number of conditions including:
- Overall physical fitness and health
- Compliance with self-care and at-home treatment
- Underlying skeletal abnormalities
- Depression, anxiety or stress
- Quality of sleep
- Other medical conditions