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What is a trigger point in a muscle ?

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suzanne66 19 Mar 2010

A trigger point describes a taught band of skeletal muscle located within a larger muscle group. Trigger points are tender to the touch and can refer pain to distant parts of the body. Patients may have regional, persistent pain resulting in a decreased range of motion in the affected muscles. Massage, spray and stretch, and injections are a few techniques to decrease trigger point pain.
Also Known As: muscle spasm, muscle knots
See: http://physicaltherapy.about.com/od/abbreviationsandterms/g/triggerpoints.htm - for more information.

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