All Musculoskeletal Complaints

all musculoskeletal complaints

Musculoskeletal complaints can happen to anyone at any age and be caused by sports, exercise, aging, or disease conditions. Just because people are older and may have arthritis or another condition does not mean he or she cannot participate in a sport they love or have the active lifestyle they want.

Risk Factors for Musculoskeletal Problems

Risk factors you can change with lifestyle changes:

  • Not getting regular exercise
  • Long periods of sitting, heavy lifting, bending, twisting
  • Smoking
  • Being overweight
  • Poor posture
  • Being under constant stress

Risk factors with aging:

  • Osteoarthritis and other types of arthritis
  • Pinched nerve

Chronic Pain Syndrome

Sometimes chronic pain syndrome is called fibromyalgia, one of the most common types of chronic pain disorders. It is estimated that more than 5 million people in the United States have fibromyalgia. Symptoms include:

  • Chronic widespread pain
  • Pain lasting more than 3 months
  • Pain in any part of the body
  • Chronic fatigue
  • Sleep disturbance
  • Depression or anxiety
  • Concentration/memory problems


Osteoarthritis is the most common form of arthritis, affecting millions of people worldwide. It occurs when the protective cartilage on the ends of your bones wears down and the bones rub together. The rubbing causes pain, swelling, and loss of motion of the joint. Over time, this can permanently damage the joint. Osteoarthritis develops slowly over time, and most often occurs in the hands, knees, hips, and spine. Some risk factors for osteoarthritis include:

  • Being overweight
  • Getting older
  • Injuring a joint
  • Joints that are not properly formed
  • A genetic defect in joint cartilage
  • Stresses on the joints from certain jobs
  • Playing certain sports

Symptoms of Osteoarthritis Include:

  • Pain during or after moving the joint
  • Tenderness when you apply light pressure
  • Stiffness early in the morning or after inactivity
  • Loss of flexibility
  • Grating sensation when you use the joint
  • Bone spurs, extra bits of bone that feel like lumps

Pinched Nerve

Although this doesn’t sound “musculoskeletal,” a pinched nerve is caused when too much pressure is applied to a nerve by surrounding tissues, such as bones, cartilage, muscles or tendons. This pressure disrupts the nerve’s function, causing pain, tingling, numbness or weakness. A herniated disk in your lower spine may pressure a nerve causing pain that radiates down your leg; a pinched nerve in your wrist can lead to carpal tunnel syndrome. Signs and symptoms include:

  • Numbness or decreased sensation in the area supplied by the nerve
  • Sharp, aching or burning pain, which may radiate outward
  • Tingling, “pins and needles” sensations (paresthesia)
  • Muscle weakness in the affected area
  • Frequent feeling that a foot or hand has “fallen asleep”

Get Back to Doing What You Love

How can you get your life back as soon as possible? Dr. Mark Thompson, LAc, DPT is a Doctor of Physical Therapy and Licensed Acupuncturist, but he doesn’t use just one approach. With over 30 years of practice, he has developed a focused, dedicated treatment approach called Acutherapy that combines a number of evidence-based proven therapies and traditions to help heal your pain and recover faster from injury:

We do not claim to be able to cure an underlying illness such as arthritis or fibromyalgia, but we have treated thousands of patients with pain successfully, and our goal is to help you get rid of your pain quickly and effectively. Treatments incorporate a combination of modalities and consist of an hour of one on one care. If you are looking for someone who can treat you as a unique human being, who wants to help you get on with your life and lifestyle, you have found the right practice in Mark Thompson Acutherapy. Call today at 212 974-7240 or request an appointment online now.