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Pain & Debilitating Conditions

Musculoskeletal Pain

Have you ever experienced a sprain, fracture, or direct impact to your body? If so, then, at some point in your life, you may have felt musculoskeletal pain – whether mild or severe, acute or chronic, localized to the neck, limb, or back, or widespread throughout your body. Musculoskeletal pain refers to pain problems that affect the muscles, ligaments, joints, bursae, nerves, bones, and tendons. Depending on your condition, body movement may be limited due to pain. You may feel weakness of part or all of an extremity. Back and neck pain are commonly seen in adults suffering from musculoskeletal pain which can be the result of injury, aging, or a systemic disease. The following describes the various causes of musculoskeletal pain and their associated symptoms.

Types of Musculoskeletal Pain

Bone Pain
Symptoms
Intense deep, penetrating, or dull pain.

Common Causes
Bone infection, trauma, and bone tumors.

 

Muscle Pain
Symptoms
Pain in the form of a spasm or cramp.

Common Causes
Injury (strain or tear), an autoimmune reaction, reduced blood flow to the muscle, infection, tumor, or Fibromyalgia. May be related to sleep disorders and certain medications.

 

Tendon and Ligament Pain
Symptoms
Pain worsened when affected joint area is stretched or moved.

Common Causes
Tendons - tendinitis, tenosynovitis, lateral and medical epicondylitis, and injury or tears.

 

Joint Pain
Symptoms
Stiff, aching pain, often referred to as arthritic pain.

Common Causes
Inflammation (arthritis), autoimmune and vasculitic disorders, avascular necrosis, and injury.

 

Bursa Pain
Symptoms
Inflammation-induced pain worsened by movement.

Common Causes
Bursitis - trauma or overuse injuries

 

Simple tests such as range of motion, muscle contraction, muscle tone, provocative tests may be done to find the source of your musculoskeletal pain. For example, pain problems that worsen with motion suggest a musculoskeletal disorder. The site of inflammation or the location of tenderness often indicates the cause of pain; however, these characteristics of pain do not necessarily indicate its origin or cause. In addition to a detailed history and physical exam, our physicians may also obtain laboratory tests and radiological studies to find the correct diagnosis. Once the source of your pain is determined, we will create a comprehensive treatment plan to control your pain; therefore, leading you to a better quality of life.