That being said, musculoskeletal disorders are actually one of the most common medical conditions, affecting approximately one-third of all adults in the United States. And that number is growing exponentially, thanks to an aging and still active population.
In the simplest terms, musculoskeletal pain affects the muscles, ligaments and tendons, and bones. The pain can be acute (having a rapid onset with severe symptoms) or chronic (long-lasting) and can be in one location or widespread.
People tend to explain it as their entire body aching or that their muscles feel as though they have been pulled or overworked with the most common symptoms being pain, fatigue or a disruption in normal sleep patterns.
Musculoskeletal pain can affect anyone and impact all major areas of the body, including the:
How is musculoskeletal pain diagnosed and treated?Musculoskeletal pain and disorders can be treated by a number of different medical specialists, typically associated in one way or another with orthopaedics. Diagnosing musculoskeletal pain requires a physician to take numerous things into account. They will begin by thoroughly reviewing your medical history, looking for possible causes of your pain (strenuous work conditions, sports, repetitive motions, etc.). Your physician will then conduct a hands-on examination looking for the source of pain. Finally, they will likely conduct various diagnostic procedures that may include X-rays, blood tests, CT scans and MRIs, to know the physical extent of that pain.
Once the cause of your pain and discomfort has been determined, your physician will go through the treatment options available to you. For acute pain, physical therapy, exercise programs, analgesics (such as acetaminophen), non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs and injections are all possibilities. For those suffering from more severe pain, surgery may be the appropriate treatment option. Surgeries could include: arthroplasty (or replacement), arthroscopy, soft tissue and cartilage repair.
Reinventing orthopaedic careThe Penn Musculoskeletal Center, the first of its kind in Philadelphia, is revolutionizing the way musculoskeletal care is delivered. The Center provides the latest diagnostic techniques and the most advanced surgical and non-surgical options for a range of orthopaedic disorders, injuries and pain found in joints, muscles or bones.
The Center also brings clinicians together from numerous specialties, including orthopaedics, rheumatology, physical medicine and rehabilitation, pain medicine, spine surgery and musculoskeletal radiology. This team-based model of care creates a seamless, integrated patient experience and the most efficient process of diagnosis and appropriate treatment.
the Penn Musculoskeletal Center can help get you back to living pain-free.