Pain in the muscles, ligaments, tendons and nerves is refereed as musculoskeletal pain.it can be localized (you can feel the pain in just one are of your body) or widespread (you have the pain throughout your body).
The musculoskeletal pain can range from mild to severe enough to interfere with your day-to-day life.it can be acute or chronic.
What are the causes of musculoskeletal pain?
Musculoskeletal disorders directly affect the bones, muscles, joints, and ligaments. The most common musculoskeletal pain causes is an injury to the bones, joints, muscles, tendons, or ligaments. Sports injuries, car accidents and falls are just a few of the incidents that can lead to musculoskeletal pain.
More than 150 distinct musculoskeletal disorders exist. Some of them which are most common ones include:
- Arthritis, including rheumatoid arthritis, psoriatic arthritis, lupus, osteoarthritis, gout, and ankylosing spondylitis
- Injuries such as fractures and dislocations
- Muscle loss (sarcopenia)
- Problems with the structure of bones or joints, such as scoliosis
Some other musculoskeletal pain causes which are due to non-musculoskeletal disorders. These are some of the non-musculoskeletal disorders that cause pain in the muscles, joints, bones and ligaments.
Few of the musculoskeletal pain causes are;
- Poor posture
- Prolonged bed rest during an illness or after surgery
- Infections of the bones, muscles, or other soft tissues
- Tumors that put pressure on tendons and bones, like tenosynovial giant cell tumors
- Overuse at work or while playing sports
- Jerking movements
- Car accidents
- Direct blows to the muscle
Yoga can cause musculoskeletal pain
Yoga is often considered as an effective practice for pain relief. However, a recent study notes that yoga can also be one of the musculoskeletal pain causes, and yoga-related injuries are much more common than you may think.
According to research, more than 10 percent of people who daily practice yoga in a recreational capacity experience musculoskeletal pain, particularly in their upper limbs, as a result of yoga.
Pain in the upper extremities which include the shoulder, elbow, hand, and wrist is the most common type of musculoskeletal pain caused by yoga which may be due to postures that put weight on the upper limbs, such as the downward dog posture used in yoga.
Symptoms of musculoskeletal pain
Regardless of the musculoskeletal pain causes, symptoms include the following;
- Aching of the entire body
- Sleep disturbances
- Twitching muscles
- The burning sensation in your muscles
- Decreased range of motion
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