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MSK Conditions

Musculoskeletal health plays a crucial role in our daily lives. The musculoskeletal system, consisting of bones, joints, muscles, and connective tissues, allows us to move, perform everyday activities, and maintain our overall well-being. However, various conditions can affect this system, leading to discomfort, pain, and reduced mobility. This page aims to provide information about some common musculoskeletal conditions, their symptoms, and potential treatments.

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Osteoarthritis

Osteoarthritis is a degenerative joint disease that primarily affects the cartilage in your joints, causing pain, stiffness, and reduced mobility. It often develops with age.

Symptoms:

Joint pain, especially after physical activity, stiffness, decreased range of motion.

Treatment:

Medications (pain relievers, anti-inflammatories), physical therapy, lifestyle modifications (exercise, weight management).

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Rheumatoid Arthritis

Back pain can result from various causes, such as muscle strain, herniated discs, or spinal conditions, leading to discomfort and limited mobility.

Symptoms:

Joint pain, swelling, morning stiffness, fatigue

Treatment:

Medications (disease-modifying anti-rheumatic drugs), physical therapy, lifestyle changes (rest, stress management).

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Back Pain

Osteoarthritis is a degenerative joint disease that primarily affects the cartilage in your joints, causing pain, stiffness, and reduced mobility. It often develops with age.

Symptoms:

Pain in the lower, middle, or upper back, muscle spasms, limited mobility.

Treatment:

Physical therapy, pain management (hot/cold therapy, medications), lifestyle adjustments (ergonomics, posture correction).

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Rotator Cuff Injuries

Rotator cuff injuries involve damage to the group of muscles and tendons in the shoulder, leading to pain and limited shoulder movement.

Symptoms:

Shoulder pain, weakness, limited range of motion, difficulty lifting objects.

Treatment:

Rest, physical therapy, anti-inflammatory medications, surgery (in severe cases).

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Osteoporosis

 Osteoporosis is a condition characterized by weak and brittle bones, making them more susceptible to fractures and breaks, especially in older adults, particularly women.

Symptoms:

Bone fractures (e.g., hip or wrist fractures), loss of height, stooped posture.

Treatment:

Medications (bone-strengthening drugs), dietary changes (calcium and vitamin D intake), weight-bearing exercises.

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Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

Carpal tunnel syndrome occurs when the median nerve in the wrist becomes compressed, causing pain, tingling, and weakness in the hand and fingers.

Symptoms:

Hand and finger numbness, tingling, weakness, pain.

Treatment:

Wrist splints, corticosteroid injections, surgery (in severe cases).

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Tendinitis

Tendinitis is the inflammation of a tendon, typically caused by repetitive motions or overuse, resulting in pain and reduced joint function.

Symptoms:

Pain, swelling, tenderness near the affected tendon, limited joint movement.

Treatment:

Rest, ice, anti-inflammatory medications, physical therapy (stretching and strengthening exercises).