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What are the tests for musculoskeletal conditions?

What are the tests for musculoskeletal conditions?

Multiple tests: The tests available are dependent on the conditions at hand. First and foremost a comprehensive history and physical exam is needed to identify the problem and direct the appropriate testing. Most commonly, x-ray, ct scan, mri, and diagnostic ultrasound are used for additional diagnosis. Certain blood tests can screen for systemic arthritic conditions. ...Read more

Dr. Kim Fagan
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Musculoskeletal Conditions (Definition)

Described as conditions involving either the musculature or skeletal systems of the body or both. Included are the inter-skeletal connections or joints and ligaments, as well as the connections between the muscles ...Read more


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What symtoms do musculoskeletal conditions manifest?

Pain, tightness...: Pain, muscle tightness and/or spasms, limited range of motion, fatigue and weakness. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: Musculoskeletal conditions?

Movement.: Described as conditions involving either the musculature or skeletal systems of the body or both. Included are the inter-skeletal connections or joints and ligaments, as well as the connections between the muscles and bones or tendons. ...Read more

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Neurologists both diagnose and treat musculoskeletal conditions, right?

Neurologists both diagnose and treat musculoskeletal conditions, right?

Not exactly: They usually treat problems related to the neurologic
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that would involve both brain and peripheral problems
regarding both diagnostics and treatment. ...Read more

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What do medical doctors think of chiropractors that only treat musculoskeletal conditions?

What do medical doctors think of chiropractors that only treat musculoskeletal conditions?

A little better: Most chiropractors seem to have no limits to what they think is caused by their bizarre theories of disease and so "treat" an amazing variety of illnesses. A modest few confine their efforts to musculoskeletal conditions and are to be congratulated for this. They are far less likely to do harm for this group. ...Read more

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What kind of alternative medicine (s) are used for musculoskeletal problems?

What kind of alternative medicine (s) are used for musculoskeletal problems?

Many: Acupuncture, massage, vitamins, supplements of many kinds, chiropractic care for skeletal problems are all forms of alternative treatments commonly used for musculoskeletal problems. ...Read more

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What kind of alternative medicine (s) are used/accepted in the us for musculoskeletal problems?

Depends: It depends on what type of musculoskeletal disorders you are talking about - many people use glucosamine chondroitin for osteoarthritis, homeopathic remedies exist for leg cramps, people use otc magnesium for muscle cramps. ...Read more

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What kind of alternative medicines and treatments are used for musculoskeletal problems?

What kind of alternative medicines and treatments are used for musculoskeletal problems?

Many approaches: There are many alternative approaches including bodywork (chiropractic/osteopathic/massage), acupuncture, frequency specific microcurrent, prolotherapy/prolozone, vitamins/minerals/amino acids & other supplements, herbal medicines, homeopathy, biofeedback, yoga, chi gong & relaxation techniques. Whatever modality, it is best to find the underlying cause & contributing factors & address those issues. ...Read more

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Chronic pain syndrome. How to treat oversensitive nerves that cause pain in musculoskeletal system? Use psychiatric drugs?

Chronic pain syndrome. How to treat oversensitive nerves that cause pain in musculoskeletal system? Use psychiatric drugs?

Intelligent: Your question is exceptionallly intelligent. You know that chronic pain involves oversensitized nerves. It also tends to involve emotional factors, which then further worsen the pain and its impairments. Those factors can be treated with "psychiatric drugs, " -- certain ones -- but it takes an informed clinician to handle the pain, the drug iteractions, etc. This can actually reduce the pain. ...Read more

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How to deal with musculoskeletal issues?

How to deal with musculoskeletal issues?

Relaxation, movement: Heat (e.g. warm water, ↑ing temp as tolerated) to ↑ circulation & muscle relaxers (work in brain stem) are often helpful. For bigger issues & more effective troubleshooting, read Robin McKensie's book & seek out evaluation, assistance & training from a physical therapist trained & highly experienced in the Robin McKensie methods which; all based on known anatomy, physiology & scientific methods. ...Read more

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What's idiopathic musculoskeletal pain syndrome?

What's idiopathic musculoskeletal pain syndrome?

See below: Idiopathic is simply a fancy term to say that we do not know what the cause is. In this case, this would be a very general term that states that the person has musculoskeletal pain and we do not know the cause. The condition that comes closest to this is fibromyalgia which is widespread muscular pain whose cause is unknown. ...Read more

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What are the work related musculoskeletal problems?

What are the work related musculoskeletal problems?

A lot: There are a lot of different work related musculoskeletal problems. They can be over use issues. Strains, sprains or tendonitis. There can be compressive nerve issues such as carpal tunnel syndrome. Neck and back problems may be work related as well. ...Read more

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Does ibandronic acid tablets cause musculoskeletal pain?

Does ibandronic acid tablets cause musculoskeletal pain?

YEs it can: This drug belongs to a class of drugs called bisphosphonates and is used for osteoporosis and other bone related problems. Nusculosketal pain is common with this drug as is GI problems like ulcers, etc if not taken correctly. Check with your physician to rule out any other cause for the pain before stopping this drug. ...Read more

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How do you diagnose idiopathic musculoskeletal pain syndrome?

How do you diagnose idiopathic musculoskeletal pain syndrome?

Challenging: This is a diagnosis of exclusion, meaning that no other diagnosis can be found. If may require a long workup. ...Read more

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Can you tell me about idiopathic musculoskeletal pain syndrome?

Can you tell me about idiopathic musculoskeletal pain syndrome?

Musculoskeletal pain: It is musculoskeletal pain of unknown causation. It simply means that your doctor has not figured out what its is the source of your pain. Sometimes it takes detective work to figure out what is causing ones pain. ...Read more

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How can you stop sublexations which are causing musculoskeletal pain?

How can you stop sublexations which are causing musculoskeletal pain?

Chiropractic: This is essentially what chiropractors treat. Unfortunately, if you are moving, you can subluxate your vertebrae. ...Read more

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Can you tell me anything about idiopathic musculoskeletal pain syndrome?

Amplified pain.: This pain syndrome is more common (or more documented) in children. When a painful stimulus is experienced, the body doesn't process the message in the normal way. The pain message gets rerouted along additional nerve pathways. But the pain is amplified because of the additional pathways. Need more room for more. A rheumatologist or neurologist can best help first. ...Read more

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What is the difference between musculoskeletal radiology and interventonal radiology?

What is the difference between musculoskeletal radiology and interventonal radiology?

MSK & Interventional: MSK focuses more on diagnostic imaging of the bones, muscles, & joints.
Interventional radiology (IR) is largely procedural and may span the gamut of vascular angiography, angioplasty, stent, or embolization; biopsies and drainages.
MSK may have it's own procedure responsibilities including biopsies or joint aspiration but in many places these responsibilities are shared or done exclusively by IR ...Read more

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Pain in right side of the back. Mostly achy, occassional sharp pain. Worsen when I twist to the right, normal when I twist to left. Is it musculoskeletal?

It sure sounds: Musculoskeletal, especially the pain with twisting to the right but not left. Se your Dr. And in the interim take ibuprofen for pain. You may need a muscle relaxing drug. Also try moist heat to affected area several times a day. ...Read more

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Musculoskeletal causes of shortness of breath?

Musculoskeletal causes of shortness of breath?

Diaphragm motion: Dysfunction in any structure that surrounds your lungs could impair your ability to take deep breaths. Excessive tone or tightness of the diaphragm (a large muscle between your lungs and abdomen) or problems with the mobility of your ribcage are two possibilities. Practicing mindful deep breathing and gentle stretching of the torso can help these conditions. ...Read more

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Can MRIs see musculoskeletal chest issues?

Can MRIs see musculoskeletal chest issues?

Yes: Yes, you bet they can. Not much an MRI can't see.
Magnetic Resonance Imaging is one of the most sophisticated and powerful imaging and diagnostic modalities that a radiologist has at his or her disposal. For certain things, CT reconstruction may be better but MRI is an excellent tool. Be more specific for a more specific answer. Do you mean the mediastinum, thorax, or muscles/chest wall? ...Read more

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How can I get relief for upper back musculoskeletal pain?

How can I get relief for upper back musculoskeletal pain?

Need to see a doc: There are many causes for a person to have any kind of pain. Therefore one size does not fit all. This is why it is important to see a doctor, preferably one who is trained in the diagnosis and treatment of various pain syndromes of the spine and other conditions. They can also make sure that there the pain is not from a non spine source. ...Read more

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Is poor posture is linked to chronic musculoskeletal pain?

Is poor posture is linked to chronic musculoskeletal pain?

It can contribute: Poor posture can contribute to both low back and neck pain. This can in turn lead to severe musculoskeletal pain. ...Read more

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How does damage to the musculoskeletal system cause ischemia?

How does damage to the musculoskeletal system cause ischemia?

Musculoskeletal syst: Damage to muscle may cause an elevation of creatine kinase. Ischemia and damage of the heart muscle may cause elevation of a subtraction if creatine kinase that is mb subtraction. Sometimes the mb subtraction may be elevated with high levels of total ck with muscle damage with interpretation of treating health workers that cardiac ischemia cannot be ruled out. ...Read more

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Could you think poor posture is linked to chronic musculoskeletal pain?

It's possible.: Poor posture results in muscle imbalances and could cause pain. You should see an athletic trainer or physical therapist, who could"rebalance" you, and improve your posture. ...Read more