Now accepting Telehealth appointments. Schedule a virtual visit.

How a Muscle Knot Can Cause Pain

Muscle knots are hard, sensitive areas of muscles that tighten and contract, even when the muscle is at rest. These tense muscle fibers can cause pain in other parts of the body when touched. If left untreated, a muscle knot can cause increased pain over time. This can lead to the development of poor habits, such as poor posture, which can cause even more severe conditions. 

What Causes Knots in Your Muscles?

Muscle knots are spots of muscle and fascial tissue that are more irritable than usual, and are often referred to as myofascial trigger points. Pain experts categorize trigger points into two different categories, latent and active. Latent trigger points don’t cause any pain when left alone, but pressing down on the spot can cause a dull ache or tender pain, like a soft bruise. Active trigger points produce intense pain regardless of present pressure, similar to chronic pain.

Any area of the body that has muscle or fascial tissue can contain trigger points. The most common area of trigger points are the low back, calves, neck, shoulder, shins and IT band area. 

There are several reasons why muscle knots can develop, some are: 

How to Treat a Muscle Knot

For most people, muscle knots are simply uncomfortable and often loosen up with some light massage, stretching, and a more active lifestyle. For some, a muscle knot can cause enough pain to interfere with daily activities. While muscle knots are common, they are not completely harmless. If a muscle knot is severe enough to cause intense pain, the knot may be tearing at microfibers of muscle tissue. With time, this tearing can cause scarring, causing the tissue to lose its elasticity. There are several options for treating muscle knots ranging from stretching and physical therapy, to more involved treatments such as electrostimulation, pulsed ultrasound, and low-level laser therapy. 

Pain Specialty Group can help find the pain treatment best for you. It is not uncommon for pain from muscle knots to be associated with other conditions. Schedule an appointment here at Pain Specialty Group to learn more about how to treat your pain.

Author
Aidan Fisher, Maureen Cassidy Pain Specialty Group

You Might Also Enjoy...

How Ginger Can Work to Fight Pain

There are foods and plants out there that are actually still relied on for their therapeutic benefits. Ginger contains anti-inflammatory properties that can be beneficial in treating your pain. See how incorporating ginger in your diet can be beneficial.

How Your Sleeping Position is Affecting Your Back Pain

Do you have back pain that only gets worse after you sleep? You may have poor sleeping habits that are causing more pain and pressure on your spine, without even knowing it. Our expert providers at Pain Specialty Group are eager to help.

Symptoms to Watch Out for After a Car Accident

Car accidents are a common occurrence these days that lead to the people involved having back/neck pain. However, the problem comes about when certain symptoms persist long after the car accident happened.

Chronic Pain & Massage Therapy?

Massage therapy is a alternative option to to address your chronic pain aside from surgical procedures. Taking a holistic approach to your body and its functions may lead to a greater comprehension of your diagnosis.

Taking Pain Medications Safely

With hundreds of over-the-counter and prescription medications that are out there, it's easy for misinformation to spread fast. Before taking medications, it's important to keep a few things in mind.

Mobile Apps That Can Help Manage Pain

Chronic pain can be extremely difficult to deal with alone. But, there are mobile applications that can help you with that. These apps, tied with the personalized care at Pain Specialty Group, can help you deal with your chronic pain.