pain-spasm-pain cycle

pain-spasm-pain cy·cle

(pān-spazm-pān sī'kĕl)
A self-perpetuating cycle in which skeletal muscle spasm causes local ischemia and pain, which exacerbates the spasm, which in turn exacerbates the pain.
See also: myofascial pain-dysfunction syndrome, trigger point
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Pain-spasm-pain cycle is due to muscle tension which can be relieved by massaging [8].