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Myofascial trigger points in early life.
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PMID:  17270525     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
OBJECTIVE: To determine whether latent myofascial trigger points (MTPs) can be identified in healthy infants and in healthy adult subjects. DESIGN: Blind comparison. SETTING: Ambulatory. PARTICIPANTS: A convenience sample of 60 healthy adults and 60 infants (age range, 0-12mo). INTERVENTIONS: Not applicable. MAIN OUTCOME MEASURES: An algometer was used to measure the pressure pain threshold (PPT) on 3 different sites, including a midpoint (assumed to be the MTP site) in the brachioradialis muscle. RESULTS: The mean PPT values at the MTP site were significantly lower than the other sites in the adult muscles. However, no significant differences in PPT values among these 3 sites were found in the infants. Taut bands were found in all the adult muscles but none in the infants. CONCLUSIONS: In the adult subjects, the midpoint of brachioradialis muscle was significantly more irritable than other sites and the midpoint was probably a latent MTP. However, in the infants younger than 1 year old, such a phenomenon could not be observed in this study. It is very likely that the latent MTPs might not exist in early life, but develop in later life.
Mu-Jung Kao; Ting-I Han; Ta-Shen Kuan; Yueh-Ling Hsieh; Bai-Horng Su; Chang-Zern Hong
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Archives of physical medicine and rehabilitation     Volume:  88     ISSN:  0003-9993     ISO Abbreviation:  Arch Phys Med Rehabil     Publication Date:  2007 Feb 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2007-02-02     Completed Date:  2007-03-16     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  2985158R     Medline TA:  Arch Phys Med Rehabil     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  251-4     Citation Subset:  AIM; IM    
Department of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation, Taipei City Hospital, Taipei, Taiwan.
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MeSH Terms
Elbow / physiology
Infant, Newborn
Middle Aged
Myofascial Pain Syndromes / diagnosis*,  physiopathology
Pain Threshold / physiology
Sampling Studies

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