Muscle pain can be as debilitating as the pain of arthritis or the pain from a damaged disc or nerves. Whether muscle pain is caused by a severe strain or by a trauma like a fall or car accident, the intensity can cause real problems for the patient.
Muscle pain is normally more generalized than nerve or arthritis pain. It may be confined to one specific area, or it may be spread over a large area.
Muscle pain can be caused by any number of traumas, including an accident or fall, an impact, or any severe strain or trauma.
There is no need to simply “tough it out” with severe muscle pain. Pain can be debilitating and interfere with your day to day activities. However, with treatment, you can return more quickly to an active lifestyle. Some treatment options include trigger point injections and physical therapy.
In less-severe cases, it may be possible for you to treat muscle pain at home. Rest the area and take an over the counter pain reliever like ibuprofen. If possible, apply ice to the injured area to help reduce the inflammation. Never apply ice directly to the skin. Use a dishtowel or other cloth barrier to prevent frostbite, and apply ice for 10-15 minutes at a time. If the pain persists, it may be necessary to talk to your doctor about additional measures.
Trigger point injections target specific areas. Medication is injected directly into the muscle region itself, to decrease inflammation and to calm the nerves that send pain signals. This allows you to more fully participate in physical therapy, which will alleviate the underlying strain over time.
Physical therapy helps to reduce the inflammation and gently gets the muscle group moving again, easing stiffness and speeding the healing process. Physical therapy can also be used to strengthen the muscle group and prevent future injuries.
If the pain continues, or becomes more severe, it must be considered that the injury may go beyond muscle strain, and more tests will need to be conducted to discover if there is injury to the skeletal or other structures.
Non-Surgical Spine Center was established with the mission of providing patients and clinicians a non-surgical alternative in the treatment of spine and musculoskeletal pain. Utilizing the most current and innovative diagnostic and therapeutic techniques, our group offers patients a multitude of options for improving daily function and quality of life while significantly decreasing levels of pain. If you are experiencing muscle pain, feel free to contact our office at 843-856-9669 or at our contact page.
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