Man feeling muscle pain in his wrist and hands
Man feeling muscle pain in his wrist and hands

What is musculoskeletal pain? Understanding the signs and symptoms

Generally affecting the bones and surrounding muscle groups (including ligaments, tendons and nerves) this condition causes acute discomfort to the area. This happens rapidly, and can often be long-lasting if left untreated. In some cases, the pain can also spread far and wide across the body, but can also be completely isolated to one specific area as well.

Musculoskeletal pain often includes lower back pain as the common complaint, with many practitioners – just like us – working on relieving it through careful techniques. Other variations include muscle pain (myalgia), tendonitis and even stress fractures.

What are some examples of musculoskeletal disorders?

Just as previously mentioned, there are many forms of this kind of condition, but there are more common types that seem to prevail over others. In essence, though, they all revolve around a few variations of pain – be it referred or direct. These pain groups include:

Bone: Sometimes short and sharp and sometimes throbbing or dull; this variation is usually the result of an injury. When this symptom occurs, it’s important to rule out it being a fracture or even tumour.

Tendon and ligament: Usually stemming from an injury, this pain includes discomfort associated with sprains. As time goes on, it can become worse, especially when the affected part of the body is moved or stretched.

Muscle: Usually not as severe as bone-related pain, muscle discomfort is slightly milder. However, it can still be agonising and can cause debilitation. Usually occurring from an injury or autoimmune reaction, signs include muscle spasms and even cramps. However, this form of pain can also be the result of a loss of blood flow to the muscle group, a tumour or infection – so it’s important to assess each of these aspects.

Joint: This can be likened to an arthritic form of pain and feels as if the area of the body is still. It can be mild to severe, and typically worsens when the specific joint moves. This area of the body may also become swollen (joint inflammation or ‘arthritis’ is often the cause).

Carpal tunnel: As a result of nerve compression, this disorder also includes tarsal and cubital tunnel syndromes. The pain usually spreads along the nerve path and can feel as if that part of the body is ‘on fire’.

Fibromyalgia: This discomfort can pop up anywhere in the body, and often in multiple locations at once. In some cases, it can even be hard for the patient to identify or describe.

Are you experiencing any of these signs?

If you are going through any of the above symptoms, we highly recommend getting in touch with our clinic to assess your condition and the services we can offer you. Call now on 03 9873 3333 to book your session now.