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Old 10-15-2013, 03:53 PM #1
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Default Article: Scalene Myofascial Pain Syndrome Mimicking Cervical Disc Prolapse: A Report

by Nizar Abd Jalil, Mohammad Saufi Awang, and Mahamarowi Omar
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Scalene myofascial pain syndrome is a regional pain syndrome wherein pain originates over the neck area and radiates down to the arm. This condition may present as primary or secondary to underlying cervical pathology. Although scalene myofascial pain syndrome is a well known medical entity, it is often misdiagnosed as being some other neck pain associated with radiculopathy, such as cervical disc prolapse, cervical spinal stenosis and thoracic outlet syndrome. Because scalene myofascial pain syndrome mimics cervical radiculopathy, this condition often leads to mismanagement, which can, in turn, result in persistent pain and suffering. In the worst-case scenarios, patients may be subjected to unjustifiable surgical intervention. Because the clinical findings in scalene myofascial pain syndrome are “pathognomonic”, clinicians should be aware of ways to recognize this disorder and be able to differentiate it from other conditions that present with neck pain and rediculopathy. We present two cases of unilateral scalene myofascial pain syndrome that significantly impaired the patients’ functioning and quality of life. This case report serves to create awareness about the existence of the syndrome and to highlight the potential morbidity due to clinical misdiagnosis."
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Interesting article...

It mentions "shortwave diathermy heat treatment" - as a method of providing deep heat and relaxation to the scalenes. Anyone know what this is -- or have any experience with it?

My heating pad only does so much.....
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My son had some diathermy treatments to fight off a resistant respiratory infection when he was young. Treatment was by a naturopath. Worked great for him.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Diathermy
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