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Trigger points--ultrasound and thermal findings.

Cojocaru MC, Cojocaru IM, Voiculescu VM, Cojan-Carlea NA, Dumitru VL, Berteanu M - J Med Life (2015 Jul-Sep)

Bottom Line: A thermography of the low back region was performed in order to observe the thermal pattern of the area.Trigger points are represented by a higher temperature area surrounded by a cooler area, probably caused by a deficit in the blood flow around those points.Infrared thermography could be a great asset for the monitoring of neuromusculoskeletal disorders and their dynamics, as well as an important aid for the initial diagnosis of conditions associated with tissue temperature alterations.

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Affiliation: Department of Rehabilitation Medicine, Elias University Hospital, Bucharest, Romania.

ABSTRACT

Rationale: Muscle pain can be elicited by any irritation of the nociceptors in the muscle or central sensitization in the central nervous system. The most frequently described muscle pain syndromes are myofascial pain syndrome and fibromyalgia syndrome. Myofascial pain syndrome has a more localized manifestation, the trigger points.

Objective: If there is a correlation between the clinical findings, the ultrasound examination and the thermal pattern of trigger points exist.

Material and method: The presence of trigger points can be identified by using clinical criteria. An ultrasound examination was performed to evaluate the trigger point dimensions. The ultrasound showed an ellipsoidal hypoechogenic area in the muscle. A thermography of the low back region was performed in order to observe the thermal pattern of the area.

Results: Trigger points are represented by a higher temperature area surrounded by a cooler area, probably caused by a deficit in the blood flow around those points.

Discussion: Infrared thermography could be a great asset for the monitoring of neuromusculoskeletal disorders and their dynamics, as well as an important aid for the initial diagnosis of conditions associated with tissue temperature alterations.

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Thermal image of patient no. 2, initial and five days after the injection procedure
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Figure 2: Thermal image of patient no. 2, initial and five days after the injection procedure

Mentions: The graphic information for the entire lot would become hard to read, so it was decided to represent only one thermography image from the initial evaluation and one from five days after the injection procedure (Fig. 2). These images were also analyzed by using the graphical representation of the L1 line (Fig. 3) and the 3D representation of the R1 area (Fig. 4).


Trigger points--ultrasound and thermal findings.

Cojocaru MC, Cojocaru IM, Voiculescu VM, Cojan-Carlea NA, Dumitru VL, Berteanu M - J Med Life (2015 Jul-Sep)

Thermal image of patient no. 2, initial and five days after the injection procedure
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Figure 2: Thermal image of patient no. 2, initial and five days after the injection procedure
Mentions: The graphic information for the entire lot would become hard to read, so it was decided to represent only one thermography image from the initial evaluation and one from five days after the injection procedure (Fig. 2). These images were also analyzed by using the graphical representation of the L1 line (Fig. 3) and the 3D representation of the R1 area (Fig. 4).

Bottom Line: A thermography of the low back region was performed in order to observe the thermal pattern of the area.Trigger points are represented by a higher temperature area surrounded by a cooler area, probably caused by a deficit in the blood flow around those points.Infrared thermography could be a great asset for the monitoring of neuromusculoskeletal disorders and their dynamics, as well as an important aid for the initial diagnosis of conditions associated with tissue temperature alterations.

View Article: PubMed Central - PubMed

Affiliation: Department of Rehabilitation Medicine, Elias University Hospital, Bucharest, Romania.

ABSTRACT

Rationale: Muscle pain can be elicited by any irritation of the nociceptors in the muscle or central sensitization in the central nervous system. The most frequently described muscle pain syndromes are myofascial pain syndrome and fibromyalgia syndrome. Myofascial pain syndrome has a more localized manifestation, the trigger points.

Objective: If there is a correlation between the clinical findings, the ultrasound examination and the thermal pattern of trigger points exist.

Material and method: The presence of trigger points can be identified by using clinical criteria. An ultrasound examination was performed to evaluate the trigger point dimensions. The ultrasound showed an ellipsoidal hypoechogenic area in the muscle. A thermography of the low back region was performed in order to observe the thermal pattern of the area.

Results: Trigger points are represented by a higher temperature area surrounded by a cooler area, probably caused by a deficit in the blood flow around those points.

Discussion: Infrared thermography could be a great asset for the monitoring of neuromusculoskeletal disorders and their dynamics, as well as an important aid for the initial diagnosis of conditions associated with tissue temperature alterations.

No MeSH data available.


Related in: MedlinePlus