What is musculoskeletal pain?
Musculoskeletal pain affects the bones, muscles, tendons, ligaments and nerves. It can be acute (quick onset with significant pain) or chronic (long-lasting). Musculoskeletal pain can be localised in one area or widespread.
The most common type of musculoskeletal pain is back pain. Other common types include tendonitis, myalgia (muscle pain), and stress fractures.
What are the causes of musculoskeletal pain?
Anyone can experience musculoskeletal pain. It is normally caused by an injury to the muscles, bones, joints, tendons, ligaments, or nerves. This can be caused by overuse of the muscle groups, poor posture or prolonged immobilization falls, fractures, sprains, dislocations and direct blows to the muscle, sudden pulling, movements or accidents.
Common symptoms include:
•Localized or widespread pain that can worsen with movement.
•Aching or stiffness of the entire body
•The feeling that your muscles have been pulled or overworked
•The sensation of "burning" in your muscles
What are the different types of musculoskeletal pain?
•Tendon and ligament pain
•Tunnel syndromes (nerve compression).
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