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I have had pain down the outer side of my knee and tenderness at the back of my lower thigh for about two weeks.
The pain is a burning pain and is sensitive to touch. I have no swelling ..just pain. It hurts my back of thigh when I sit or pressure is put on it. My d dimer test is negative. Fed up eith the discomfort.
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Health Professional: Dr. Arun Phophalia, Doctor (MD) replied 5 months ago
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Health Professional: Dr. Arun Phophalia, Doctor (MD) replied 5 months ago

Hello Jean,

Your symptoms are suggestive of myofascial trigger point. Trigger points may develop after an initial injury to muscle fibers. This injury may be a noticeable traumatic event or repetitive microtrauma to the muscles. The trigger point causes pain and stress in the muscle or muscle fiber. Myofascial trigger point is a hyperirritable spot, usually within a taut band of skeletal muscle or in the muscle fascia which is painful on compression. The treatment is following;

1) passive stretching of the affected muscle after application of sprayed vapocoolant

2) physical therapy

3) deep electrotherapy; iontophoresis, phonophoresis, short wave diathermy, electrical stimulation

4) local analgesic patch / ointment / spray

5) anti-inflammatory analgesics; Ibuprofen (Motrin / Advil)

6) ischemic compression therapy; pressure on the points

7) massage

8) steroid shots

9) acupuncture.

You may need active assistance of physiotherapist / physical therapist for treatment.

You may get an MRI for the evaluation if the above treatment does not resolve it.


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