MSDs or musculoskeletal disorders are disorders and injuries that affect the musculoskeletal system or the human body’s movement. This includes tendons, muscles, nerves, ligaments, blood vessels, and discs among others. Musculoskeletal disorders are one of the more common problems among people across the US.
Thomas & Bigler Knee & Shoulder Institute, led by board certified orthopedic surgeons Dr. Steven C. Thomas and Dr. Gregory T. Bigler, provides orthopedic surgery to patients in Las Vegas, Nevada as well as greater Pahrump, Bullhead City, Lake Havasu, and Mesquite, NV.
Common Types of MSD
These are a few common musculoskeletal disorders:
- Carpal tunnel syndrome
- Ligament sprain
- Tendon/muscle strain
- Tension neck syndrome
- Rotator cuff tendonitis
- Thoracic outlet compression
- Radial tunnel syndrome
- Digital neuritis
- DeQuervain’s syndrome
- Trigger finger/ thumb
- Ruptured/ herniated disc
- Degenerative disc disease
- Mechanical back syndrome
Musculoskeletal disorder accurately describes a condition. Repetitive stress injury, repetitive motion injury, and overuse injury are a few other common names for musculoskeletal disorder.
Osteoarthritis (OA) is a common joint condition that is generally long-lasting or chronic in nature. Joint is the body part where two bones connect. The ends are protected by cartilage, which is a type of protective tissue. This cartilage breaks down in osteoarthritis, which causes the bones to rub together. This can cause stiffness, pain, and other symptoms.
OA is usually prevalent in older people. However, it can happen in adults of any age. Osteoarthritis is known as degenerative arthritis, degenerative joint disease, and wear-and-tear arthritis.
Understanding Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
Carpal tunnel syndrome involves the compression of median nerve as it passes through the hand. The median nerve is present on the carpal tunnel or the palm side of the hand. It provides sensation to your index finger, thumb, long finger, and a small bit of the ring finger. The nerve supplies impulses to the muscle that goes to the thumb. Carpal tunnel syndrome can take place in one or both the hands.
Compression in the carpal tunnel syndrome is caused by swelling within the wrist. This can lead to weakness, numbness, and tingling on the hand (near the thumb).
Types of Musculoskeletal Pain
These are common types of musculoskeletal pain:
- Bone pain: Musculoskeletal injuries and bone fractures can cause bone pain. Bone pain may also be caused by a tumor.
- Joint pain: Inflammation and stiffness may accompany joint pain. Joint pain worsens with activity and gets better with rest for many people.
- Muscle pain: Cramps, muscle spasms, and injuries can cause muscle pain. Tumors and infections can also cause muscle pain.
- Ligament and tendon pain: Your bones and joints are connected by strong bands of tissue called tendons and ligaments. Strains, sprains, and overuse injuries can result in ligament or tendon pain.
Conditions Increasing the Risk of Musculoskeletal Pain
There are certain conditions that can increase the risk of musculoskeletal pain. This includes:
- Arthritis: This is chronic joint inflammation. People with this condition experience stiffness and joint pain.
- Fibromyalgia: This is a chronic illness which results in all-over musculoskeletal pain and chronic fatigue.
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