10May

Conservative Treatment for Musculoskeletal Pain

Conservative Treatment for Musculoskeletal Pain
One in two Americans have a musculoskeletal condition. These conditions vary from arthritis, back and neck pain, and osteoporosis. If you’re suffering from musculoskeletal pain, you can find pain relief beyond pain killers and operations. Here’s what you need to know.

What is Musculoskeletal Pain?

Musculoskeletal pain affects the muscles, ligaments, tendons, and bones.

Causes

Musculoskeletal pain can be caused from:
  • Wear and tear of daily activities
  • Jerking movements
  • Auto accidents
  • Falls
  • Fractures
  • Dislocations
  • Direct blows
  • Postural strain
  • Repetitive movements
  • Overuse
  • Prolonged immobilization
  • Poor body mechanics

Symptoms

The symptoms of musculoskeletal pain vary from person to person. They include:
  • Entire body aches
  • The feeling of pulled or overworked muscles
  • Twitching
  • Burning
  • Fatigue
  • Sleep disturbances

Conservative Treatments

Medication is often used to treat inflammation or pain. More and more people are rightfully seeking drug-free treatments. Nearly 500,000 people are admitted to emergency rooms every year due to overdose, and lowering dosage can often cause withdrawal symptoms, even when addiction isn’t present. Non-medicated pain solutions include:
  • Bracing
  • Dorsal Root Ganglion Therapy
  • Electromyography and/or Nerve Conduction Studies
  • Epidural Injections
  • Facet Joint Injections
  • Joint/Tendon Injections
  • Medical Branch Blocks
  • Physical Therapy/Home Exercises
  • Radiofrequency Ablation
  • Sacral Iliac Injections
  • Spinal Cord Stimulator

Facts About Surgery

Experts say that tens of thousands of times each year, patients undergo surgery that is not necessary. In fact, studies find 10-20% of all operations are unnecessary. These operations include cesarean sections, hysterectomies, knee replacements, and yes, spinal surgeries. It’s important for spine professionals to seek options for their patients outside of surgery. Its equally as important for those suffering from musculoskeletal pain to find doctors that practice both surgical and conservative methods.

What to Do


The experts at Sonoran Spine are dedicated to creating individual plans for our patients, seeking out every option possible, and approaching surgery conservatively. To find a solution for your pain, request an appointment today.

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