As a Specialist Musculoskeletal and Sports Medicine Clinic, the vast majority of patients we see present with pain. We therefore start this section off with an exploration of some of the questions we get asked about pain. We believe that if more people understood the answers to these questions, they would be in a better position to manage/treat and indeed even prevent musculoskeletal pain in some instances in the first place.
In the link above we explore questions such as
- What is pain?
- What does it mean when people talk about acute or chronic pain?
- What causes pain? and
- What other factors can influence the perception of pain.
Since most minor musculoskeletal injuries will resolve on their own and do not require professional help, next up on our list is a summary of some simple self help measures that can be taken following a minor musculoskeletal injury. Remember to take advice from a healthcare professional if:
- Symptoms do not resolve or at least significantly subside within a few days of taking self help measures
- Symptoms persist or become worse
- You suspect that this is a more serious musculoskeletal injury
From our experience, the role of medication is still poorly understood. Medication is not simply about “masking the pain”. Furthermore, some patients are confused about why, when they visited their GP because of pain, they were given a prescription for an antidepressant! This article aims to explain the role of medication and why it is that medications that were originally marketed for epilepsy or depression are sometimes used for pain.
4. THE BROADER MANAGEMENT OF MUSCULOSKELETAL CONDITIONS/INJURIES (Please bear with us: rather lengthy article in progress. Content will be uploaded shortly)
Whilst we have considered the issue of managing pain in some of the articles above, managing / treating musculoskeletal conditions and injuries involves much, much more than pain management alone. Our final article provides a brief overview of the management strategies (including treatment) in musculoskeletal conditions and injuries. In this article we explore:
- Why it is important to identify causative and perpetuation factors in musculoskeletal problems.
- The role of education to empower patients to take an active role in managing their musculoskeletal issue.
- Why we need to consider poor posture and movement patterns and the measures that can be taken to address these issues.
- The role of the manual therapies
- The role of corticosteroid injections
- The role of other techniques including (but not limited to) regenerative medicine techniques
- The role of surgery
- Why it is important to consider factors sometimes referred to as biopsychosocial factors and try to address these where they exist as part of the overall management strategy of a musculoskeletal condition
We hope that you have found these articles helpful.