Understanding the complicated orthopedic problem
One of the common concerns people have all over the world is injuries and strains on the body’s muscles, joints, and bones. These are prevalent concerns globally, proper awareness of the condition is still an issue. In a study conducted by Stanford University’s School of Medicine, it was found that 5.1 million people died of bodily injuries in 2001, while 12% of the global population was disabled because of them.
Important facts you should know about musculoskeletal disorders
What is an MSD?
According to Health Line, a musculoskeletal disorder (MSD) is one that can have an effect on the body’s bones, muscles and joints. A musculoskeletal disorder is also known as “repetitive motion injuries”, “overuse injury” and “repetitive stress injury”.
A study published in Biomedical Engineering and Sciences (IECBES) showed that there is a high prevalence of MSDs in healthcare workers at private medical centers, especially in workers involved in manual handling. The risk of getting an MSD increases with age.
Some of the most common MSDs are:
- Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
- Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA)
- Ligament Sprain
- Tension Neck Syndrome
- Thoracic Outlet Compression
- Radial Tunnel Syndrome
- Digital Neuritis
- Trigger Finger / Thumb
- DeQuervain’s Syndrome
- Mechanical Back Syndrome
- Degenerative Disc Disease
- Ruptured / Herniated Disc
What are the causes?
MSDs can develop for a number of reasons. The most common causes involve:
According to a report by the HSE, MSD prevalence was seen to be highest for construction works aged 55-59, while remaining low for younger abled workers.
It is stated in a review by The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) that while simply standing for long periods of time can result in an MSD, it is mostly seen that mechanical occupations involving labor and abnormal body positioning tend to have the highest number of MSD cases.
- Activity level
Young children and adults with busy schedules and numerous planned activities are more likely to develop MSDs based on the excess muscle and joint strain on their body through these activities.
People living in developing countries with financial and occupational struggles tend to have more chances of developing MSDs than people within higher socioeconomic standings in developed countries. Sitting continuously in one position, repetitive physical activity, heavy weight training, poor posture, accidents, and trauma can also result in the development of an MSD.
Musculoskeletal disorders can affect most parts of the body. Don’t think your young age and metabolism can save you. Places usually affected are the neck, shoulders, wrists, hips, legs, knees, feet and back. Here are some of the obvious signs and symptoms of developing MSDs that you should be aware of:
This pain is a recurrent sensation that most people suffering from an MSD say affects their whole body. If you feel any bodily pain, instead of waiting till the pain gets worse, call Pillars of Wellness at 905-637-4000 and have yourself checked so that you can get to the root of the problem as soon as possible.
- Stiff joints:
Joint stiffness results in limited or absent motion in body joints. This is a common problem with most MSDs. Patients with rheumatoid arthritis tend to have morning stiffness as a recurrent symptom.
- Inflammation and swelling:
Inflammation, swelling, and redness of the affected tissues, muscles and joints are seen in many people with MSDs.
- Dull aches:
A person stays in a state of fatigue and weakness in most MSDs which results in a dull aching sensation present throughout the body.
MSDs vary in symptoms and causes, so it is very important to get the proper diagnosis of the MSD to get accurate treatment plans. If you face any of the symptoms mentioned above, make sure to get yourself checked by a doctor to diagnose the underlying problem.
Most physicians will start with a physical examination to check symptoms of pain, as well as checking for signs of redness, inflammation, muscle weakness, and atrophy. Reflex tests are also done to ensure there is no nerve damage that is causing the symptoms.
Imaging tests allow doctors to observe the back, neck, shoulders, and joints, so they can analyze the cause of the MSD. The commonly preferred imaging tests for an MSD diagnosis are an X-rays or an MRI of the affected area. X-rays cannot detect nerve damage. Doctors can also ask for blood tests to diagnose cases of rheumatoid arthritis.
You should set an appointment for further advice by filling out the form at pillarsofwellness.ca/appointment-form so as to get the proper examination.
MSD treatment varies with each disorder and individual. Typical symptoms of pain and soreness after sports or physical labor can be left alone for about a week to resolve on their own. If the pain is severe, moderate exercise, as well as analgesic and anti-inflammatory medications to reduce the aches and inflammation in the body, are recommended.
If body pain persists for longer, or other symptoms start developing, people should opt for surgery in cases such as disc prolapse or herniations, while others can go for treatments like Physiotherapy, Chiropractic, or Acupuncture.
An inspiring story of an MSD patient
Ruby Larson faced a lot of pain for weeks when she fell on a rug. When she finally heeded her friend’s advice and got checked by an orthopedic physician, she found out that she had a broken elbow. Following weeks of physiotherapy and moderate exercise at home, she was finally able to get back her pain-free movement through hard work and perseverance.
Pillars of Wellness – the best way to have happy, healthy joints!
Pillars of Wellness give people a wide variety of therapeutic options including Holistic Nutrition, Acupuncture, Chiropractic, Yoga, Naturopathy and Occupational Therapy to name a few. Since proper posture and exercise is an important part of MSD treatment and improvement, doctors recommend physical activity, so if you’re looking for Physiotherapy Burlington in Aldershot then Pillars of Wellness is your go-to for health and fitness.
You can contact Pillars of Wellness via email at [email protected] to get information about any health concerns you may have.