Muscle Pain: Not inflammatory

Paul Ingraham of PainScience: “A routine misconception about muscle pain is that it is caused by “inflammation,” and the term is often used almost interchangeably with pain, as though anything that hurts is, by definition, inflamed. In fact, by the correct definition, all inflammation is painful, but not all pain involves inflammation. In particular, muscular trigger points are one of the most common of all painful experiences, and are assumed to be inflammatory and subject to the effect of anti-inflammatory medications … and yet they are not inflamed, or not much, and anti-inflammatory medications are not likely to have much effect on most muscle pain.”