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Myofascial Pain and Dysfunction: The Trigger Point Manual

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The extremely influential “big red books” by Drs. Janet Travell and David Simons a two-volume set of texts about “myofascial pain syndrome.”

The introductory chapters present a good overview of the subject, if somewhat technical and now quite dated. The books are brilliantly illustrated, for what it’s worth, and those drawings will probably influence the field for decades to come, the compelling iconography of a clinical paradigm.

Although a landmark work, more recent information has been published in Muscle Pain: Understanding its nature, diagnosis and treatment by Siegfried Mense and David Simons, and there are many reasonable questions and doubts about almost everything Travell and Simons thought and wrote about this topic “back in the day.”

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Janet Travell, David Simons, and Lois Simons
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Lippincott, Williams & Wilkins

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  1. “Myofascial pain: a bogus construct,” a chapter in the book Myofascial pain, by John L Quintner and Milton L Cohen.
  2. “An expansion of Simons' integrated hypothesis of trigger point formation,” Robert D Gerwin, Jan Dommerholt, and Jay P Shah, Curr Pain Headache Rep, 2004.
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  6. Muscle pain: understanding its nature, diagnosis and treatment (book), by Siegfried Mense, David G Simons, and IJ Russell. ❐

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