Trigger points are small, tender knots that can form in muscles or fascia (covering of the muscles). The myofascial pain syndrome is common painful muscle disorder caused by myofascial trigger points. The pain generated from these small knots is felt locally and in a referred pattern. They usually are associated with a chronic musculoskeletal disorder. The common theory of trigger points formation is either acute trauma (sports injuries) or repetitive micro-trauma which causes stress on muscle fibers and fascia and leads to the formation of trigger points. Micro-trauma could be caused by poor posture habits, lack of exercises, sleep problems and joint problems. For example, holding the phone between the ear and shoulder to free arms, or improper body mechanics during sitting or lifting, carrying activities can induce stress and microtrauma in muscle.
New York Bone and Joint Specialists is proud to say that co-founder Leon E. Popovitz, MD, has once again been named by Castle Connolly as a Top Doctor in the New York Metro Area-2017, in the field of Orthopedic Surgery. The award highlights the very best doctors in New York City over many specialties, in order to guide patients to the highest level of care.
So many times we hear about Rotator Cuff Tears or injuries. The term has become so common that nearly everyone that suffers a shoulder injury or shoulder pain becomes concerned; "Did I tear my Rotator Cuff?" But most people really do not know what that is exactly. It has just become commonplace to presume it will require surgery. Well, that is not necessarily the case at all times.