Musculoskeletal Pain

Musculoskeletal pain

Musculoskeletal pain a very common condition that affects the bones, muscles, ligaments, tendons, and nerves. This condition can be very acute (progressing very fast with severe symptoms) or chronic (long-lasting). Musculoskeletal pain can be localized in one area or be widespread throughout the body.

Anyone can experience musculoskeletal pain and symptoms vary with each case. This condition is most often caused by an injury to the bones, muscles, ligaments, tendons, or nerves. Car accidents, falls, fractures, sprains, dislocations and direct blows to the muscle can contribute to musculoskeletal pain developing in an individual.

Musculoskeletal pain is diagnosed through medical history to find the cause of an individual’s pain and possibly through a series of tests. Tests may include: a blood test, X-ray, CT scans, or an MRI. All of these examinations can help a doctor diagnose if musculoskeletal pain is present.

Signs and symptoms vary on an individual basis, but most commonly include:
  • Pain that worsens with movement
  • Aching or stiffness of the entire body
  • The feeling that your muscles have been pulled or overworked
  • Fatigue
  • Sleep disturbances
  • Twitching muscles
  • The sensation of “burning” in your muscles

Treatment will vary depending upon the location of the injury or pain affected area. An Illinois Pain Institute physician will determine the best course of treatment for any form of musculoskeletal pain, which may include physical therapy or the use of oral or injectable medications. Treatment can reduce many forms of this condition, but seek the advice of an IPI physician on any questions you may have about musculoskeletal pain.

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