Simons DG, Hong C-Z, Simons LS: Endplate potentials are common to midfiber myofacial trigger points. Am J Phys Med Rehabil 2002;81:212–222.
To compare the prevalence of motor endplate
potentials (noise and spikes) in active central myofascial trigger points, endplate zones, and taut bands of skeletal muscle to assess the specificity of endplate potentials
to myofascial trigger points.
This nonrandomized, unblinded needle examination of myofascial trigger points compares the prevalence of three forms of endplate potentials
at one test site and two control sites in 11 muscles of 10 subjects. The endplate zone was independently determined electrically. Active central myofascial trigger points were identified by spot tenderness in a palpable taut band
of muscle, a local twitch response to snapping palpation, and the subject’s recognition of pain elicited by pressure on the tender spot.
Results Endplate noise
without spikes occurred in all 11 muscles at trigger-point sites, in four muscles at endplate zone sites outside of trigger points (P
= 0.024), and did not occur in taut band sites outside of an endplate zone (P
Conclusion Endplate noise
was significantly more prevalent in myofascial trigger points than in sites that were outside of a trigger point
but still within the endplate zone. Endplate noise
seems to be characteristic of, but is not restricted to, the region of a myofascial trigger point