Types of Musculoskeletal Pain

Knee Pain

There are many types of musculoskeletal pain an individual may go through. Common types of pain are muscle pain, bone pain, tendon pain, ligament pain, joint pain, and nerve pain. These pains have various causes and symptoms. By persisting and tolerating these pains, based on our observations in our clinic, the worser your condition becomes. Without a doubt, the severity of your condition gets more difficult to treat and would definitely cost you more wherever you decide to seek treatment.

During our 20 years of experience, we have encountered many patients with various types of musculoskeletal pain. Some conditions were mild and easily treated while some had severe complications that required a long period to treat. With patience and determination, these patients have successfully recovered under our care. This can be easily seen through some of our reviews and testimonials by our clients.

What causes musculoskeletal pain?

Musculoskeletal pain can be experienced by anyone of any age. Most of the time, these pains are caused by an injury towards your bones, joints, tendons, ligaments, and nerves. Try to recall of an incident that might have caused this injury as sometimes pain will only develop over time. This could be from falls, fractures, car accidents, sprains, dislocations, direct impact to the muscles, and even jerking movements.

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One of the common causes of musculoskeletal pain could also be due to the overuse of certain type of muscles. Majority of our patients are desk-bound and tend to have lower back pain due to prolonged seating. Unergonomic seats and improper posture will aggravate your back muscles in the long run, causing you to develop severe discomfort on your lower back. In some cases, improper item placement causes neck pain. If your computer or laptop is not placed at the right height for you, your neck will feel strained and this might or might not cause you difficulties sleeping at night.

If you are active in sports, it is also possible to experience musculoskeletal pain. Insufficient stretching, overexertion, and sports injuries are just some possible causes of musculoskeletal pain that causes stress and tension in your muscles, joints, or tendons. Therefore, it is always important to exercise caution when practicing sports as the chances of obtaining an injury is much higher.

What are the symptoms of musculoskeletal pain?

The symptoms of musculoskeletal pain are different for every individual. It is mostly dependent on whether it was caused by an injury or an overworked muscle. Another factor affecting your pain also depends on whether your pain is an acute pain or a chronic pain.

Common symptoms of pain includes:

  • Localised or spread out pain during movement
  • Muscle aches or stiffness
  • The feeling of pulled or overworked muscles
  • Sleep deprivation
  • Fatigue
  • Muscle spasm or twitching
  • Burning, tingling, or numbness

These symptoms are not conclusive and if you have any similar pain symptoms, you should seek professional advice.

How do I identify the type of pain I have?

Hip Pain

Muscle Pain

Debilitating or blunt pain in your muscles caused by injuries, loss of blood flow to the muscle, or infection. Muscle spasms, muscle twitch, and muscle cramps are common types of muscle pain

Bone Pain

Deep, penetrating, and dull pain commonly due to injury. It is important to note that you should be sure that the bone pain you are facing is not due to a fracture, broken bone, or tumour.

Tendon and Ligament Pain

Sharp, swelling, or bruising pain when movement is made. Tendon and ligament pain might cause muscle spasms and weakness. This might be due to a sprain or a strain, and it is important to know whether it is due to just a sprain, strain, or is it a full out tear.

Joint Pain

Stiff and aching pain that feels like your joints are grinding together, causing a warm throbbing pain. It is usually caused by joint inflammation and a lack of lubrication in your joints.

Nerve Pain

Commonly known as “Tunnel Syndromes”, these pains are caused due to nerve compressions. A burning, tingling, or numbing pain might be felt along the path supplied by the nerve. Common types of nerve disorders are carpal tunnel syndrome, cubital tunnel syndrome, and tarsal tunnel syndrome.

How do I treat musculoskeletal pain?

There are a few types of treatment methods that you can opt for that will effectively treat musculoskeletal pain. The most commonly used treatment prescribed by doctors are the use of medications such as painkillers and medicine that is high in serotonin and norepinephrine to promote muscle relaxation.

Other methods include:

  • Aesthetic injections
  • Anti-inflammatory medications
  • Muscles stretching and strengthening
  • Physiotherapy or occupational therapy
  • Osteopathic manipulation
  • Therapeutic Massage
  • In extreme cases, even surgeries

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Depending on your pain severity and condition, not all methods are suitable for you as you might actually aggravate the pain by trying to solve it by yourself. It is always recommended to seek professional advice for your pain and follow the appropriate treatments recommended.

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At Pain Clinic @ Wellness Philosophy, we don’t believe in injections and surgery to treat musculoskeletal pain. After many years of experience in treating patients, we observed that most conditions can be treated via the use of clinically advanced non-surgical equipments such as extracorporeal shockwave therapy. The non-invasive treatment options vary from person to person as there is a need to assess your condition first prior to going for suitable treatments.

After treating your pain using our non-invasive treatment methods, your will start to feel pain relief due to the increased blood flow to the affected areas, and a reduce in inflammation. Depending on your condition, it will usually take a few sessions to fully treat the pain and thereafter you should focus on stretching and strengthening of your muscles.

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Common Types of Pain Condition We Treat

Neck / Shoulder

  • Neck muscle strain / stiffness
  • Headache / Migraine / Fatigue
  • Forward head syndrome / Straight neck
  • Whiplash injury
  • DISH (Diffuse Idiopathic Skeletal Hyperostosis)
  • Pain on or in between shoulder blades
  • Sports injuries (Rotator cuff injuries)
  • Numbness / Tingling sensation in arms and hand
  • Frozen shoulder
  • Calcific tendinitis / Biceps tendinitis
  • Shoulder impingement syndrome
  • Bursitis on shoulder area

Elbow / Wrist

  • Elbow and wrist repetitive / Strain injuries
  • Medial epicondylitis (Golfer’s elbow)
  • Lateral epicondylitis (Tennis elbow)
  • Carpal tunnel syndrome
  • Trigger finger
  • De Quervain’s tenosynovitis

Thoracolumbar / Hip

  • Chronic lower back pain
  • Sciatica
  • Numbness / Tingling sensation in legs and feet
  • Herniated / Slipped disc
  • Lordosis / Kyphosis
  • Scoliosis
  • Muscle / Tendon strain and sprain
  • MPS (Muscle tightness)
  • Hip joint osteoarthritis / Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Iliotibial band syndrome

Knee / Ankle

  • Knee ligamentous instability
  • Knee anterior / posterior
  • Cruciate ligament injury
  • Hamstring and quadriceps strain
  • Chronic ankle sprain and instability
  • Plantar fasciitis / Heel spur
  • Achilles tendonitis

Degenerative Joint Disease

  • Osteoarthritis, chondromalacia patella
  • Patellofemoral pain syndrome
  • Rheumatoid arthritis

Are you having any of the listed pain? Let us know in the comments section on how you got it!

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