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Pain Cure: Diagnostic Testing Myofascial pain (also called myofascitis) refers to pain originating from muscles that are in spasm. If you put your hand on the skin overlying the spasm, you can feel a ropy band underneath. The muscles are in the shortened position, but no work is being done. It is like a car engine that is on, but is seized. The lack of any real work being done by the muscle is what distinguishes it from a cramp. Myofascial pain is often a cause of neck and low back sprains.