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Medicine 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
Pain, tightness...: Pain, muscle tightness and/or spasms, limited range of motion, fatigue and weakness. ...Read more
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
They usually treat problems related to the neurologic
that would involve both brain and peripheral problems
regarding both diagnostics and treatment. ...Read more
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
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
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
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
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
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
Challenging: This is a diagnosis of exclusion, meaning that no other diagnosis can be found. If may require a long workup. ...Read more
Chiropractic: This is essentially what chiropractors treat. Unfortunately, if you are moving, you can subluxate your vertebrae. ...Read more
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
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
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
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
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
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