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Musculoskeletal injuries are one of the most common causes of pain and disability, but you can often make a full recovery with the right care. If you have musculoskeletal pain or sports-related injury, Dr. Steve Matta, DO, MBA, CAQSM, and Mary Anne Matta, MS, MA, LAC, of Meeting Point in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, are experts in this field. We use integrative, regenerative, and Functional Medicine techniques that effectively treat sports injuries, chronic pain, spinal pain, and joint pain. Call the Meeting Point office for more information, or schedule a consultation by requesting an appointment online today.
WHAT IS A MUSCULOSKELETAL INJURY?
Your musculoskeletal system consists of:
A musculoskeletal injury is damage that occurs to one or more of these tissues or structures. Injuries of the musculoskeletal system are common, but most are minor problems like bruising and mild muscle strains that heal quickly with basic intervention.
If you have a severe musculoskeletal injury or persistent symptoms, it’s essential to get the appropriate treatment to avoid long-term issues like joint instability, atrophy, and chronic pain.
WHAT TYPE OF MUSCULOSKELETAL INJURY MIGHT I GET?
You could incur many types of musculoskeletal injuries, but some of the more common ones include:
Playing sports and being physically active are excellent for your health but can increase your risk of having a musculoskeletal injury. Common sports injuries include anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) and medial collateral ligament (MCL) sprains, tennis and golfer’s elbow, Achilles tendon injuries, groin and hamstring strains, and fractures.
You could also suffer an impact injury, which might cause a concussion if you hit your head. Overuse injuries are common as well, where constant use causes inflammation and the development of microtears in soft tissues or stress fractures in bones. Sports injuries are more likely to affect athletes but could happen to anyone.
Examples of common joint injuries include:
Injuries like these can increase your risk of developing osteoarthritis, one of the leading causes of chronic joint pain.
BACK AND NECK PAIN
One of the most common causes of back and neck pain is the deterioration of your spinal structures due to age and wear-and-tear. You might also develop a musculoskeletal injury like a sprain, strain, fracture, or whiplash.
These injuries often occur as a result of overexertion, poor lifting and handling techniques, falls, and auto accidents.
WHAT ARE THE TREATMENTS FOR MUSCULOSKELETAL INJURIES?
If you have a musculoskeletal injury, Meeting Point offers comprehensive orthopedic, functional, and Regenerative Medicine treatments, including:
Meeting Point doesn’t just treat your musculoskeletal injury. Your provider can support your recovery, promote healing, and optimize your physical fitness by analyzing your movement patterns so you don’t reinjure yourself with poor compensation. Dr. Matta will prescribe a plan including orthopedic and corrective exercises, diet, and nutritional supplements to promote faster recovery and healing.