Korean J Anesthesiol.  2010 Dec;59(Suppl):S229-S232. 10.4097/kjae.2010.59.S.S229.

Posterior auricular pain caused by the trigger points in the sternocleidomastoid muscle aggravated by psychological factors: A case report

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  • 1Department of Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine, Anam Hospital, Korea University College of Medicine, Seoul, Korea. torchid@korea.ac.kr

Abstract

Psychological factors play a significant role in the pain mechanism, and psychological approaches may be useful complements to traditional medical and surgical treatments in pain management. The authors report a case of recurrent severe posterior auricular pain caused by trigger points in the right sternocleidomastoid muscle and influenced by stressful psychological situations (e.g., family affairs, job loss) in a 50-year-old man.

Keyword

Myofascial pain syndrome; Posterior auricular pain; Psycological factor; Sternocleidomastoid muscle; Trigger point injection

MeSH Terms

Complement System Proteins
Humans
Middle Aged
Muscles
Myofascial Pain Syndromes
Pain Management
Trigger Points
Complement System Proteins
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