Anyone who has experienced a musculoskeletal injury knows how inconvenient they can be. They’re not only painful, but they can severely compromise your enjoyment of life. Added to this is the fact that most people suffer from this type of injury while doing something that they love (or even need to do, in the case of work), which makes them even more problematic. The good news is that the prevalence of musculoskeletal injuries means that we’ve gotten pretty good at learning how to manage them. In this blog, we’re going to take a look at some of the most common musculoskeletal injuries, and also offer advice on how to manage them.
If you’re experiencing a dull pain in an area where a tendon meets the bone, then you could have tendinitis. Though it can occur anywhere in the body, it’s typically associated with high-use areas, such as the knees, elbows, and shoulders. In most cases, you’ll find that you’re able to manage it all on your own. All you’ll need is some pain relief medication, some ice, and the time and space to get plenty of rest. If it’s a more severe case, then you might need some physical therapy once it’s healed to build up the area back to full strength.
Ligament sprain can happen to anyone, at any time — usually the thing that’s most to blame is simply back luck. The best way to manage this type of injury is to take action as soon as possible. The people who end up with severe problems do so because they tried to walk it off, but all they’ve really done is make the injury worse. Rest is the best method. You can also use ice packs during the first 48 hours of the injury; after that, heat packs should be used. A compression bandage will also be beneficial.
Of all the musculoskeletal injuries to experience, few are as nasty as an ACL injury. That’s because they have the potential to sideline a person from physical activity for many months. If you hear or experience a popping sensation in the knee, then consult with a doctor as soon as possible. It could be that some rest, ice, and elevation will be enough to manage the injury, but in some cases, ACL reconstruction surgery will be necessary. Regardless of the severity of the injury, the knee usually has to be built up slowly in order to make it strong and thus avoid a repeat injury.
Rheumatoid arthritis is a tricky musculoskeletal condition, in large part because it can be difficult to diagnose. It presents itself as joint tenderness and stiffness, especially first thing in the morning, and can also cause fatigue. While there’s no cure for this type of arthritis, there are things you can do that’ll help to alleviate the severity of the symptoms. Anti-inflammatory drugs have been shown to be particularly effective, as have steroids. Physical therapy can also help to keep the joints flexible.