Fibromyalgia, myofascial pain, tender points and trigger points: Splitting or lumping?

Robert M. Bennett, Don L. Goldenberg

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    Myofascial trigger points (MTPs) have long been a contentious issue in relation to fibromyalgia, and poorly defined pain complaints in general. Can MTPs be reproducibly identified? Do MTPs have valid objective findings, such as spontaneous electromyographic activity, muscle microdialysis evidence for an inflammatory milieu or visualization with newer ultrasound techniques? Is fibromyalgia a syndrome of multiple MTPs, or is focal muscle tenderness a manifestation of central sensitization? These issues are discussed with relevance to a recent paper reporting that manual palpation of active MTPs elicits the spontaneous pain experienced by fibromyalgia patients.

    Original languageEnglish (US)
    Article number117
    JournalArthritis Research and Therapy
    Issue number3
    StatePublished - Jun 30 2011

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Rheumatology
    • Immunology and Allergy
    • Immunology


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