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Musculoskeletal Pain - Causes, Symptoms and Treatment Options

Wednesday, January 11th, 2017, 9:34 am

Musculoskeletal PainMusculoskeletal pain can be caused by musculoskeletal disorders or a fall, slip or something as simple as lifting or pushing. Work injuries, repetitive actions or overstress to the joints, muscles, ligaments, tendons, nerves or bones when performing routine activities, could cause musculoskeletal pain. Jerking movements, sprains, fracture, dislocations, direct muscle blow and sprains could all cause pain in the concerned part of our musculoskeletal system. Inflammatory and degenerative conditions, MSD scan also impair range of motion. Usually patients consult an Orthopedist, Chiropractor or a Physical Therapist for these issues.

Symptoms

The symptoms of musculoskeletal pain vary based on the kind of the injury or overuse. Pain can be acute or chronic and symptoms could also differ among individuals. Common symptoms include:

  • Pain can be widespread or localized, and increase upon movement
  • Overall stiffness and aching in the whole body
  • Muscle stress and strain
  • Muscle spasms and cramps
  • Sleep disturbances
  • Fatigue

Musculoskeletal conditions cause more than just pain. They could affect your overall quality of life. If you experience any of these symptoms, it is important to consult an orthopedist for a diagnosis.

Importance of Accurate Diagnosis

The diagnosis would identify the root cause of the pain or discomfort you’re experiencing. The doctor will review your medical history, perform a physical exam, and review your symptoms to identify the possible causes of the pain. X-rays, CT scans, MRIs and laboratory tests will be conducted to check out the bones, cartilage, muscles, ligaments and tendons. In a multispecialty rehabilitation center, orthopedists will work with other healthcare providers to diagnose pain accurately.

Treatment Options

Non Invasive treatment options available include physical therapy, chiropractic care providing modalities such as heat or cold therapy, stretching and strengthening exercises, therapeutic massage. Anti-inflammatory medications and muscle relaxants are usually prescribed by physicians if needed. Surgery is recommended only in severe cases.

Use of minimally invasive techniques such as arthroscopy that involve just tiny incisions to examine and treat patients, minimizing the trauma of surgical intervention are used at times to get patients back to regular activities quickly. The treatment prescribed would depend on the definitive diagnosis of the root cause of your musculoskeletal pain and the muscles, ligaments, bone, tendons or joints that are affected.

At Comprehensive Healthcare Group our practitioners provides noninvasive and invasive treatments at our locations in Valley Stream and Oceanside in Long Island, New York.

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