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Musculoskeletal Pain – Knowing the Causes, Types & Treatment Measures!

Musculoskeletal pain can be widespread or can be localized in one part of the body. Anyone can become the victim of this type of pain, be it because of some chronic injury to the bones, joints, ligaments, muscles, tendons, nerves or due to the extensive movements involving lifting some heavy objects etc. As a result of all this, either due to dislocation or direct blows to the muscle people experience chronic muscular pain.

Moreover, it has also been reported that almost 33% of the people suffer from musculoskeletal pain because of overuse of the muscles.

What are It’s Different Types?

Depending on the symptoms and causes, musculoskeletal pain has the following types:

Muscle Pain

The reason why this type of pain occurs is due to an injury, loss of autoimmune reaction, lack of blood flow to the muscle, infection or a tumor. Though very debilitating but it is less chronic as compared to bone pain

Bone Pain

Most commonly resulting from an injury it is a very deep, penetrating and dull pain. Moreover, it is necessary to make sure that the pain is not related to some fracture or tumor as then it would require immediate and different treatment measures

Joint Pain

This kind of musculoskeletal pain ranges from being really severe to mild and worsens in case of movement of the joint. Moreover, if adequate treatment is not provided then the joints become stiff and start swelling


Pain associated with fibromyalgia is very difficult to describe as it is spread to different locations. Involving muscles, tendons, ligaments the condition is also accompanied with different symptoms

Tunnel Syndromes

Pain in this condition also known as musculoskeletal disorders, occurs due to nerve compression. The disorders include carpal tunnel syndrome, cubital tunnel syndrome and tarsal tunnel syndrome. In such pain the patient has a burning feeling in the path where the nerve travels.

The Treatment Measures

The ways in which musculoskeletal pain can be treated include:

  • Acupuncture or acupressure
  • Injections with anesthetic or anti-inflammatory medications in or around the painful sites
  • Physical or occupational therapy
  • Reducing stress through relaxation
  • Reducing workload
  • Strengthening exercises
  • Stretching exercises
  • Therapeutic massage
  • Using heat or cold therapies

If you or any of your loved one is suffering from musculoskeletal pain or any other body pain, get a professional advice from Dr. Zaki Anwar by placing an appointment at (815) 464-7212). He is an expert anesthesiologist and certified Pain Management Specialist who has been practicing pain relief techniques for the past several years with effective results.