Chronic Musculoskeletal Pain Issues

Chronic Musculoskeletal Pain Services in the muscles, bones and joints is the body’s normal reaction to injury or illness. It is a warning that something is wrong and needs to be fixed, and it usually goes away when the problem is resolved. However, if the pain persists for 3 months or more, it is considered chronic pain. It is important to have an accurate diagnosis so that the proper treatment can be started. X-rays and blood tests may be used to check for bone problems, such as fractures or arthritis. Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) or computed tomography (CT) scans can show soft tissues, such as ligaments and tendons. They can also reveal pinched nerves.

The musculoskeletal system consists of the bones, muscles and connective tissues, such as tendons and ligaments, that support the body’s weight, protect internal organs and allow movement. It is a very complex system and, when any part of it does not function properly, pain can occur. Pain can be acute or chronic, confined to one area or more widespread, and it can range from mild to debilitating. Symptoms can include inflammation with swelling, redness and heat; tenderness or tightness; reduced range of motion; and popping or grinding noises when the joints move.

There are many causes of musculoskeletal pain, from the common injuries like falls or sprains to more serious diseases and conditions affecting the bones, endocrine and nervous systems, and -rarely -malignancies. Most often, pain is due to “wear and tear” from activity or because of aging, but it can also be caused by infection or by an overactive immune system.

Typically, chronic musculoskeletal pain is a complex disorder that requires a team of healthcare professionals to treat. Primary care doctors will usually manage musculoskeletal pain, but specialists such as physical therapists, rheumatologists and osteopaths may also be involved in the patient’s care. Drug therapy is often part of the treatment plan, but not all patients respond to medication and there are important risks associated with pharmacological treatments.

A team approach is the best way to treat chronic musculoskeletal pain. Patients can help by maintaining a healthy diet, getting enough sleep, and staying physically active. It is also important to avoid isolation, which can lead to negative feelings about the condition and increase sensitivity to pain. Taking part in activities you enjoy and spending time with friends can help boost your mood and decrease stress.

Advanced MMC, Inc
8401 Chagrin Rd Suite 20A Chagrin Falls OH 44023.
440-557-5011

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