Musculoskeletal Disorders (MSDs) More Common Than You Think

Robbie Adams July 4th 2018

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Musculoskeletal Disorders or MSDs are injuries or disorders that affect the human body’s movement or musculoskeletal system affecting muscles, bones, and joints.

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Musculoskeletal Disorders include:

  • Tendonitis
  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA)
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Bone Fractures
  • Trigger Finger / Thumb
  • Degenerative Disc Disease
  • Ruptured / Herniated Disc

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MSDs are more common than many seem to believe. They often cause pain and discomfort that interferes with everyday activities you might take for granted.

What are the symptoms of MSDs?

  • Recurrent Pain
  • Stiff Joints
  • Swelling
  • Dull Aches

Painful Joints

They can affect any major area of your musculoskeletal system, including the following:

  • Neck
  • Shoulders
  • Wrists
  • Back
  • Hips
  • Legs
  • Knees
  • Feet

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Your risk of developing MSDs is affected by:

  • Age
  • Occupation
  • Activity Level
  • Lifestyle
  • Family History

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Certain activities can cause wear and tear on your musculoskeletal system, leading to MSDs.

  • Sitting in the same position at a computer every day.
  • Engaging in repetitive motions.
  • Lifting heavy weights.
  • Maintaining poor posture at work.

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How can you prevent MSDs?

Your risk of developing MSDs increases with age. Your muscles, bones, and joints naturally deteriorate as you get older. 'Father Time' can be a tough parent. But that doesn’t mean that MSDs are inevitable. By taking care of your body throughout adulthood, you can lower your risk of developing these disorders!

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How can you treat MSDs?

Musculoskeletal pain is best treated by treating its cause. This will vary depending on whether you are experiencing bone, muscle, ligament, tendon, or joint pain, or some other kind of musculoskeletal pain.

Regular strengthening exercises and stretching can help keep your bones, joints, and muscles strong. It’s also important to complete everyday activities in safe ways. Maintain a tall posture to prevent back pain, be careful when picking up heavy objects, and try to keep repetitive motions to a minimum.

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Next Week:

Strategies and detailed tips to successfully treat many types of MSD's. Stay Tuned!

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The Merck Manual Home Edition. Musculoskeletal Pain. Accessed 11/4/2014.

Wise C. Back Pain and Common Musculoskeletal Problems. Scientific American Medicine. Accessed 11/4/2014.

Bones, Muscles, and Joints. Nemours. Accessed 11/4/2014.