About Musculoskeletal Pain
Musculoskeletal disorders are injuries, conditions, or complications that affect the muscles, ligaments, tendons and other supporting structures in the body. Injuries often occur when a muscle is put under too much stress through repetitive use or overexertion. Pain can also be a result of various medical conditions.
“Your musculoskeletal system is the body’s largest system. Arthritis, back and joint pain, osteoporosis, and other problems can make life miserable. Though typically not life threatening, they are one of the most common reasons people go to the doctor. They’re a huge economic burden for society, too.” — Dr. Rocky S. Tuan, Chief of the Cartilage Biology and Orthopaedics Branch at the National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases.
Regular activities can damage muscle tissues through overexertion or through normal wear and tear over time. Trauma caused by accidents can also result in musculoskeletal pain. Other causes of pain include repeated movements, postural strain and extended immobilization. Some common conditions include: carpal tunnel syndrome, epicondylitis, sciatic pain, tendonitis and bursitis.
Musculoskeletal disorders, such as fibromyalgia, can also produce widespread musculoskeletal pain. Fibromyalgia is characterized by all-over pain as well as a heightened, painful response to pressure.
Signs & Symptoms
Symptoms vary, but typical complaints include aches, pain, and tenderness around the affected area or even throughout the entire body. Muscles feel pulled or overworked, and people with this condition may often experience a decreased range of motion as a result. It is not uncommon to experience sleep disturbances and fatigue as a result of musculoskeletal pain.
Musculoskeletal Pain Treatment Options
Pain caused by a musculoskeletal disorder may warrant an examination by a qualified health care professional. One of our doctors can help determine the cause of your suffering, and form a treatment plan for you. Call 512-244-4272 to schedule a complimentary consultation. We have locations in Austin, Round Rock, Georgetown, Waco and Cedar Park.