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Myofascial Pain Syndrome

Myofascitis, myofascial “trigger points” and myofascial pain syndrome have long been recognized by the chiropractic community-and the medical community as well.

It was first brought to the attention of the medical and chiropractic community in the famous textbook Myofascial Pain and Dysfunction-The Trigger Point Manual, by Dr. Janet Travell and Dr. David Simons, both medical doctors.

In 1989, the University of Minnesota sponsored the 1st International Symposium on Myofascial Pain and Fibromyalgia. Doctors Travell and Simons were keynote speakers. Dr. James Fricton of the University of Minnesota and Dr. Essam A. Awad who co-authored another textbook entitled Myofascial Pain and Fibromyalgia in 1990 were also keynote speakers. Other speakers included eminent doctors from all over the world-Germany, Denmark, France, Sweden, Italy, Australia, Russia, Austria and China.

The American Medical Association teaches about myofascial pain syndrome in its Continuing Medical Education courses.

Yet, remarkably, many medical doctors continue to refuse to recognize myofascitis and myofascial pain syndrome as a credible clinical entity.

Douglas E. Schmidt, of the Schmidt-Salita Law Team, has recently encountered several such doctors, including both Board Certified Orthopedic Surgeons and Board Certified Neurologists. He has effectively cross examined them with the materials referenced herein using the extensive medical library at the Schmidt-Salita Law Team.

Recently, Schmidt was featured as a keynote speaker at the Minnesota Trial Lawyers annual convention, where he spoke on the subject of Chronic Pain Assessment. His presentation included instruction on chronic myofascial pain syndrome, chronic discogenic pain syndrome and chronic facet-medicated pain syndrome.

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