Many, perhaps most, people who visit the Chiropractor do so to try and deal with some form of Musculoskeletal pain – but we can’t help but notice that many people often seem to be surprised how common some of their issues are. When it’s “you and the pain” it’s easy to forget that millions of people worldwide are struggling with the same issue. This week, we take a look at some of the most common forms of Musculoskeletal pain.
Musculoskeletal pain, a global problem!
Musculoskeletal pain affects millions of people worldwide, impacting their daily lives and overall well-being. From minor discomfort to chronic conditions, musculoskeletal pain can arise from various sources, hindering mobility and causing significant distress. Chiropractic can be a great treatment option for many types of pain – but in order to tackle the global burden of pain it’s important we make use of all kinds of therapy. Physiotherapy, Massage, Acupuncture and even simple help with exercise programming and stretching can all help to reduce pain – the important thing is just to see help somewhere!
The most common Musculoskeletal pain
Without further ado, let’s take look at some of the most common forms of Musculoskeletal pain – if this is you, know that you’re not alone!
Low Back Pain
Low back pain is one of the most prevalent musculoskeletal conditions, affecting people of all ages. In fact, it’s probably the cause of more suffering worldwide than anything else. Poor posture, muscle strain, herniated discs, and spinal stenosis are common causes of this type of pain. Prolonged sitting, heavy lifting, and lack of exercise can exacerbate the symptoms. Treatment approaches for low back pain often involve Chiropractic, physical therapy, pain medications, exercise regimens, and, in severe cases, surgical interventions.
Osteoarthritis, a degenerative joint disease, primarily affects the elderly population. It occurs when the protective cartilage that cushions the joints wears down over time, resulting in pain, stiffness, and reduced range of motion. Weight-bearing joints, such as the knees, hips, and spine, are most commonly affected. While there is no cure for osteoarthritis, pain management techniques like physical therapy, weight management, nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), and joint injections can provide relief and improve functionality.
Unlike osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis is an autoimmune disease that affects people of all ages. The body’s immune system mistakenly attacks the joints, leading to inflammation, swelling, and pain. Common symptoms include joint stiffness, fatigue, and a feeling of overall malaise. Early diagnosis and intervention are crucial to prevent joint damage. Treatment for rheumatoid arthritis includes disease-modifying antirheumatic drugs (DMARDs), biologic medications, physical therapy, and lifestyle modifications.
Tendinitis, or tendinitis, refers to the inflammation or irritation of a tendon, the thick fibrous cords that attach muscles to bones. Repetitive motions, overuse, and sudden injuries can contribute to the development of tendinitis. Common areas affected include the shoulders, elbows, wrists, knees, and heels. Sports therapists are often the best placed to help with pain from Tendinitis – Rest, ice, compression, and elevation (RICE), along with nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), sports therapy, and modifications in activity levels, are typically recommended treatments for tendinitis.
Need help with Musculoskeletal pain?
Musculoskeletal pain can significantly impact our daily lives, limiting our mobility and causing discomfort. By recognizing the most common types of musculoskeletal pain, we can seek appropriate help and explore various treatment options. At Complete Chiropractic there are a great deal of painful complaints which we can help you overcome – but even if we’re not the best Clinic to help you we have a wide network of other professionals who we can refer you to. Therefore, if you’re struggling with pain it’s well worth popping in for a consultation!
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