Musculoskeletal pain is serious stuff. Muscle and bone pain, associated with any number of possible causes, leads to a deep-rooted pain; often, the pain-relieving tricks we all know just don’t work with this sort of pain. Ibuprofen may help to dull the pain and help relieve any inflammation, but it may very well be only a temporary and partial solution. Similarly, applying some sort of analgesic cream may help ease muscle soreness, but it certainly won’t take care of whatever is causing the body to hurt so badly in the first place. There are a few things that can actually help treat musculoskeletal pain for the long-term, including plenty of rest (enough to allow the body to heal), physical treatment programs, and/or certain anti-inflammatory and pain relieving medications.
The number one cause of musculoskeletal pain is people overworking their muscles; that in turn puts a lot more stress on their bones and ligaments. In these situations, the body should return to its normal functioning capacity if given enough time to rest. When you work yourself to the point that your muscles and bones hurt, laying off a little bit won’t do the trick; you will probably have to cut out almost all physical activity, at least until the pain goes away. And in the future, prevention is really the key: knowing your limits and not trying to push drastically past them will go a long way in preventing the pain from returning.
Some types of muscle and bone pain require physical treatment, which can involve visiting a chiropractor or physical therapist. If you suffer from musculoskeletal pain because their spine is out of alignment, whether it’s from an accident or from gradual shifting, a chiropractor will probably be able to assist you in getting rid of your pain. If you have suffered from any sort of muscle atrophy, physical therapy will help you ease the pain in your bones and muscles, and then regain your strength. Massages can also be of great assistance when your body is just worn down or sore after a workout; they increase blood flow to the affected areas and help relax your body in order to promote healing.
In certain cases, your doctor may recommend that you take an anti-inflammatory drug in order to relieve the swelling that can amplify musculoskeletal pain. He may also give you medication to dull the pain itself if the problem can’t quickly or easily be fixed. Muscle and bone pain that originates as a result of trauma may very likely be treated in this way, allowing you to relieve some of the pain while your body rests and heals.
Musculoskeletal pain does not have to be a continual problem for those afflicted; with the proper treatment, you can be free of muscle and bone pain fairly quickly, in most cases. The first step, as you’d probably expect, is to speak with your doctor.