Musculoskeletal pain can affect joints, muscles, and bones throughout your body. If you have widespread musculoskeletal pain, finding the cause can be even more challenging. But rest assured, southeastern Texas’s top orthopedic physician, Reginald J. Newsome, M.D., has helped numerous men and women find relief from musculoskeletal pain. His caring team at I-SPINE in Houston and Keller, Texas will strive to find a solution that gets you feeling better than ever.
Musculoskeletal Pain Q & A
What is musculoskeletal pain?
Musculoskeletal pain affects bones, nerves, or soft tissues (ligaments, tendons, or muscles). Some conditions are acute and come on quickly, while others are chronic and can continue getting worse.
While you can certainly have musculoskeletal pain anywhere in your body, it can also be widespread and affect multiple areas.
It's also often deep and dull. Usually, this is caused by trauma or injury. Soft tissue musculoskeletal pain in your muscles, tendons, or ligaments can also stem from injuries.
These issues could also be the sign of autoimmune disorders or infections. Fibromyalgia, for example, is a musculoskeletal condition that causes your nerves to overreact and become abnormally sensitive, while arthritic conditions can lead to musculoskeletal pain in joints.
How is musculoskeletal pain diagnosed?
Because finding the exact cause of musculoskeletal pain can be tricky — especially if it’s widespread — you might need several diagnostic tests to get a thorough diagnosis.
Many musculoskeletal issues are a result of autoimmune diseases or infections, so Dr. Newsome could start out with a full lab workup to check for inflammatory biomarkers.
If your pain is isolated, getting imaging — such as an X-ray or MRI — can further help with your diagnosis.
Part of your diagnosis process also includes an evaluation of your medical history and symptoms. When you come in for your appointment with Dr. Newsome, bring a list of symptoms you’re experiencing and what makes pain better (or worse). This information further helps him order tests and diagnose your condition.
Which treatments are best for musculoskeletal pain?
Musculoskeletal treatment plans often involve going through many types of therapies to see what works best for your pain. Some of the treatments offered at I-SPINE include:
- Physical therapy
- Interventional injections
- Nutrition and dietary counseling
- Electrical stimulation
- Cold laser therapy
Many patients also find relief through massage therapy, acupuncture, or other complementary types of treatment. Dr. Newsome covers all possible options, and which ones are likely best for your specific needs.
Find out what’s causing your musculoskeletal pain by scheduling an evaluation at I-SPINE. You can either call the office or book an appointment online.