Musculoskeletal Pain

Desert Wells Family Medicine

Family Medicine located in Queen Creek, AZ

Although your musculoskeletal system is incredibly tough and hard-working, it’s also susceptible to wear-and-tear, sports-related injuries, and conditions like osteoarthritis. At Desert Wells Family Medicine in Queen Creek, Arizona, the caring team specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of musculoskeletal pain. If you’re suffering, call the office or click to book your appointment online today.

Musculoskeletal Pain Q & A

What causes musculoskeletal pain?

Musculoskeletal pain can develop anywhere along your back and neck, or it may occur in your joints, muscles, tendons, and ligaments. Musculoskeletal pain is especially common in the lower back because it supports the weight of your upper body. 

There are a variety of reasons you might develop musculoskeletal pain. For example, if your job requires you to lift heavy objects or stand on your feet all day, you might experience a muscle strain or plantar fasciitis.

Playing sports or working out also increases your risk of musculoskeletal pain, and may cause sprains or fractures. There are also chronic conditions, including osteoporosis and osteoarthritis, that contribute to musculoskeletal pain, as well as fibromyalgia.

When should I see a doctor regarding musculoskeletal pain?

Almost everyone experiences back pain at some point during their life. Typically, conservative measures of care such as rest and over-the-counter painkillers are enough to provide relief. 

However, if your pain persists for more than a week, and it interferes with your overall quality of life, it’s important to schedule an appointment with the team at Desert Wells Family Medicine.

How is musculoskeletal pain treated?

The team at Desert Wells Family Medicine offers a variety of treatments for musculoskeletal pain, including:

Conservative care

Whenever possible, the team uses conservative treatment measures to address musculoskeletal pain. For example, if you sprain your ankle or dislocate your shoulder, they might recommend rest, ice, compression, and elevation, or the RICE protocol. 

If you pull a muscle, they might recommend physical therapy or changing your exercise routine. For minor bruising or swelling, they may ask you to take over-the-counter anti-inflammatories to provide relief.

Joint injections

If you have arthritis or suffer from pain that affects your shoulders, elbows, hips, wrists, knees, or ankles, the team might recommend joint injections. Joint injections deliver steroids into an inflamed or otherwise damaged joint, which eases pain and reduces swelling.

Trigger point injections

If your muscles are stiff, knotted, or generally tense, your practitioner might recommend trigger point injections (TPI). TPI’s contain corticosteroids that loosen your muscles and encourage circulation; they are particularly beneficial for addressing neck and lower back pain, but can also relieve tight muscle groups in your arms and legs. 

Medication

If you have arthritis, carpal tunnel syndrome, or chronic back pain, prescription painkillers, muscle relaxants, or anti-inflammatories may be necessary for a short period. After an exam and review of your medical history, the team can recommend a medication that’s right for you. 

At Desert Wells Family Medicine, the team only recommends prescription painkillers to complement other types of treatment. 

For example, they might prescribe medication while you’re seeing a physical therapist to ease pain or stiffness during treatment. Your doctor will work closely with you to ensure a positive outcome.  

If musculoskeletal pain is preventing you from living your best life, call the office or click the online booking tool and make an appointment today.