Turkish Journal of Medical Sciences




Background/aim: Myofascial pain syndrome (MPS) is a common chronic pain syndrome that may affect quality of life, daily living activities, and psychological status. Ultrasound (US)-guided rhomboid intercostal block (RIB) is a recently defined plane block and used for chronic pain such as postmastectomy syndrome and MPS. Our aim was to evaluate the efficacy of US-guided RIB for the management of pain, quality of life, physical disability, and patient satisfaction in MPS. Materials and methods: In this prospective study, between February and March 2021, a total of 30 patients who applied with the diagnosis of MPS, were included. The patients received US-guided RIB. Pain intensity was evaluated using a numerical rating scale (NRS) at pretreatment, and just after the intervention, at day 1, and 1, 2, 4, and 6 weeks after the intervention. At pretreatment and 6 weeks after treatment, Short Form-36 Health Survey (SF-36) for health-related quality of life, Neck Disability Index (NDI), and patient satisfaction were evaluated. Results: There was a statistically significant decrease in average NRS immediately after treatment, at day 1 and week 1,2,4, and 6 compared to the pretreatment (p < 0.0001). The average SF-36 scores advanced at 6 weeks after treatment. There was a statistically significant reduction in mean NDI scores throughout the follow-up period (p < 0.001). Conclusion: Our study demonstrated that RIB had improved neck function, physical and mental quality of life, and patient satisfaction in MPS. Therefore, we think US-guided RIB could be an alternative treatment modality in patients suffering from MPS.


Myofascial pain syndrome, rhomboid intercostal block, chronic pain, ultrasound guided

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