How Do I Know If I Have a Musculoskeletal Condition?

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Musculoskeletal conditions cause pain in the joints, bones, ligaments, muscles, and tendons. They can occur from a variety of factors, such as an injury or a chronic condition such as arthritis. If you suspect that you have a musculoskeletal condition, then you should seek the assistance of a healthcare provider to diagnose the problem. With proper treatment, you do not have to live in a state of discomfort.

Board-certified physical medicine and rehabilitation physician Dr. Asare Christian and the team at Aether Medicine in Wayne, PA can help determine if you are suffering from a musculoskeletal condition. Dr. Christian treats patients, ages ten to adult, who suffer from injuries (sports and occupational) that occur to the elbows, hips, lower back, knees, joints, shoulders, and neck.

At Aether Medicine in Wayne, PA, Dr. Christian also regularly treats the following musculoskeletal conditions:

  • Arthritis

  • Congenital defects

  • Acquired musculoskeletal injuries that occur as a result of fractures, soft tissue damage, sprains, concussions, and accidental wound

  • Musculoskeletal pathologies/diseases

  • Stress from repetitive weight-bearing activities, overuse, and occupational exposure

  • Musculoskeletal degeneration

What are musculoskeletal treatment options?

Dr. Christian will conduct a consultation with you to discuss your concerns, medical history, family history, lifestyle, and current medications. He will carry out a complete examination and possibly order additional testing. After reviewing all your test results, he will discuss treatment options with you. The goal is to develop a treatment plan with you that will improve your quality of life.

Possible musculoskeletal treatment options include:

  • Lifestyle modifications

  • Pain injections

  • Nonsurgical treatment options

  • Physical or manual therapy

  • Anti-inflammatory medications

  • Relaxation techniques

  • Alternative treatments

About musculoskeletal conditions

Pain from musculoskeletal conditions can impact your quality of life. The discomfort can arise from medical conditions or injuries. The pain is usually classified as either chronic or acute. The pain levels can range from mild to severe. Acute pain usually does not last for an extended period of time, but chronic pain can easily last for 3 – 6 months or longer.

Symptoms of musculoskeletal conditions include:

  • Stiffness

  • Pain

  • Inflammation

  • Joint noises, such as grinding or popping

  • Weakness

  • Decreased range of motion

Musculoskeletal injuries can occur from trauma such as automobile accidents or occupational mishaps. It can also arise from heavy lifting. In many situations, musculoskeletal conditions are a result of natural aging, which causes ongoing everyday wear and tear from overuse, repetitive movements, and ongoing body strain.

Musculoskeletal medication options and benefits

If you suffer from a musculoskeletal condition or injury that affects your tendons, ligaments, joints, bones, or muscles, you might benefit from musculoskeletal medicine. Are you experiencing pain or decreased range of motion that is negatively impacting your lifestyle? If so, Dr. Christian at Aether Medicine in Wayne, PA can help by developing a personalized treatment plan.

Musculoskeletal medicine effectively diagnoses, manages, and treats chronic conditions that impact the body’s muscles and skeleton. Some patients opt to undergo surgery, but Dr. Christian likes to focus on a noninvasive or minimally invasive approaches, so you don’t have to contend with painful incisions or an extended recovery time. At Aether Medicine in Wayne, PA, we offer a variety of medications, injections, and physical therapy to treat musculoskeletal conditions.

Schedule a consultation for musculoskeletal pain today

You do not have to live with musculoskeletal pain. You have options. Contact Dr. Asare Christian at Aether Medicine in Wayne, PA to schedule a consultation. Dr. Christian focuses on nonsurgical approaches and musculoskeletal medications to assist in the physical rehabilitation of your condition.

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