Musculoskeletal pain explained

Musculoskeletal injuries affect the body’s movement and musculoskeletal system, which includes the bones, muscles, cartilage, tendons and ligaments as well as other connective tissues. Sprains, dislocations, fractures, falls, car accidents and direct blows to muscle make up the most likely causes of musculoskeletal pain. 

Pain within the musculoskeletal system can be varied and sometimes hard to pinpoint. Injuries, although the most common cause, aren’t always to blame. There are more than 150 musculoskeletal disorders that affect the body in different ways, including osteoporosis, arthritis and gout to just name a few. Pain can also originate from overuse or poor posture linked to our daily working conditions. Lower back pain is the most common form of musculoskeletal pain diagnosed in today’s Western Society. 

Other examples of musculoskeletal pain include: 

Symptoms and pain can range from mild discomfort to severely affecting your day to day life.

Diagnosis from a medical professional will pinpoint the specific location of the pain. Sometimes pain can also be felt in a different part of the body to the injured area, this is known as referred pain.

Treatment and recovery times for musculoskeletal injuries may vary depending on the severity and location of damage. Your osteopath can help in aiding the body’s natural healing abilities to bring balance back to the body through structural osteopathic treatment.

At East Sussex Osteopaths, home exercises are often given alongside the treatment to continue to work into the areas of the body that need attention.

Always make time to warm up and cool down correctly and listen to your body to safely push your boundaries when exercising. A healthy diet with regular exercise, keeping muscles, bones and joints strong will help keep you in good stead to avoid any injuries and reduce the risk of developing a musculoskeletal disorder in the future.

Always consult your GP If you have pain that is severe or prolonged.