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Muscle pain: understanding its nature, diagnosis and treatment

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Siegfried Mense, David G Simons, and IJ Russell
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Myofascial Pain Caused by Trigger Points
Lippincott Williams & Wilkins
p. 214 (1st hardcover edition)


Disturbances of motor function caused by trigger points include weakness of the involved muscle function, loss of coordination by the involved muscle, and decreased work tolerance of the involved muscle. Weakness and the loss of work tolerance are often interpreted as an indication for increased exercise, but if this is attempted without inactivating the responsible trigger points, the exercise is likely to encourage and further ingrain substitution by other muscles, with further weakening and deconditioning of the involved muscle.

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