Myofascial Trigger Points in the Upper Limb in Stroke Patients


Phase N/A Results N/A

Trial Description

One source of shoulder pain can be myofascial trigger points (MTrPs). MTrPs are localized, hyperirritable points in the skeletal muscles that are associated with palpable nodules in muscle fibres. MTrPs can be classified into active and latent. Latent MTrPs demonstrate the same clinical characteristics as active MTrPs but they do not provoke spontaneous pain. Numerous studies have shown that MTrPs are prevalent in patients with chronic non-traumatic neck and shoulder pain.


Trial Design

  • Observation: Cohort
  • Perspective: Prospective
  • Sampling: Probability Sample

Trial Population

Patients with a complaint of shoulder pain following a stroke were recruited to be subjects in the study following referral to physical therapy to the outpatient department at orthopedic rehabilitation facility by a family practice physician.


Type Measure Time Frame Safety Issue
Primary Change of Pain intensity Baseline Yes
Primary Pressure Pain Thresholds (PPT) Baseline Yes
Secondary Barthel index Baseline Yes
Secondary DASH Baseline Yes