Myofascial pain syndrome (MPS) is one of the most common disorders that affect the estimated 2.2 million Canadians living with chronic pain. In MPS, pressure on sensitive points in your muscles (trigger points) causes pain in seemingly unrelated parts of your body that persists or worsens if left untreated and can lead to tension headaches, depression, sleep problems and fatigue.
Clinical detection of this trigger point by palpation is very poor, resulting in misdiagnoses by physicians and specialists who often confuse it with other chronic pain conditions such as fibromyalgia.
A research team from Toronto Rehab, led by Affiliate Scientist Dr. Dinesh Kumbhare, is working on improving the detection of the trigger point by using ultrasound while studying the mechanisms of pain and the development of chronicity. To help Dr. Kumbhare and his team advance the research and treatment for MPS, Health Bound Health Network generously donated over $50,000 toward a diagnostic ultrasound system at Toronto Rehab.
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