Musculoskeletal Pain

Musculoskeletal Pain

Musculoskeletal pain is caused by damage to a joint or any of its surrounding and supporting soft tissue structures, including bone, tendons (connective tissue that connects bone to muscle), ligaments (connective tissue that holds two bones together), and cartilage (a flexible tissue that lines the joint and provides support to bony areas). Such conditions typically present as pain, constant or intermittent, accompanied by limitations in mobility which consequently decrease our ability to enjoy our activities of daily living and significantly affect our quality of life. Pain could be acute, lasting for a few weeks, or chronic, affecting patients for more than 3 months, which usually the result of diseases like osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis and gout.

The most common symptoms of musculoskeletal pain are:

  • Swelling
  • Redness
  • Weakness
  • Fatigue
  • Difficulty moving the affected area¬†
  • Sleeping issues
  • Muscle spasms

The most common causes of musculoskeletal pain include:

Sprains

Excessive stretching of a ligament.

Strains

Excessive stretching of muscles and tendons.

Injury

Physical harm or damage to the body caused by accidents or trauma.

Trauma

Trauma is a pervasive problem. It results from exposure to an incident or series of events that are emotionally disturbing or life-threatening with lasting adverse effects on the individual's functioning and mental, physical, social, emotional, and/or spiritual well-being.

Bursitis

Painful swelling of a fluid-filled sac that provides a cushion between a bone, muscle and tendons. The most common locations are the shoulders, elbows, hips and knees.

Tendinitis

Painful swelling of a tendon, the structure that connects a muscle to a bone.

Trigger points

Area in a muscle that is very sensitive and tender to palpation.

Osteoarthritis

The most common form of arthritis. It is a degenerative joint disease, because the tissues of a joint degenerate, or break down, with time.

Rheumatoid Arthritis

An inflammatory arthritis where your immune system attacks the lining of the joints, causing severe pain and swelling.

Gout

An inflammatory arthritis where a buildup of uric acid in your blood causes crystals to accumulate in some joints of the body. It most commonly attacks the big toe, as well as the ankles, knees and elbows.

Fibromyalgia

A chronic condition that causes fatigue and pain throughout the body and cannot be explained by diagnostic testing (blood work, x-rays, etc.) or any other disease.

Ligament and/or tendon tears

When a ligament or tendon is stretched beyond its normal capacity, it tears or ruptures.

Dr. Jeannot offers multiple treatment options like physical therapy referrals, medications, and primarily soft tissue injections, peripheral joint injections and interventional pain management techniques.

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