Muscle And Joint Pain
How Can You Tell If It’s Muscle or Joint Pain?
The difference between muscle and joint pain is distinguished by specific causative factors: what type of pain you have, where it’s located, whether the onset is gradual or sudden, when it occurs, what triggers or worsens it, and other symptoms you are having at the same time.
What Is Muscle Pain?
Muscle pain is most often felt as a sharp and normally temporary pain. Because it originates in the muscles, you may feel pain everywhere. Muscle pain can appear in various forms, such as:
- Muscle cramps
- Muscle spasms
- Neck pain
- Stretched or pulled muscle
Causes of Muscle Pain
Most active people sometimes come up against a few obstacles that can temporarily affect their ability to move and workout or play the sports they love. Muscle pain can be caused by illness, even the flu. But most acute muscle pain is caused by:
- Intense exercise
- Overuse or overtraining
Symptoms of Joint Pain
Joint pain can range from mildly irritating to debilitating and may go away after a few weeks or last for several weeks or months. Even short-term pain and swelling in the joints can affect your busy and active lifestyle. Joint pain:
- Often appears following a period of inactivity
- Creates tenderness around the joint
- Causes stiffness
- Is exacerbated by fluctuations in temperature
- Makes moving that part difficult
Causes of Joint Pain
In one national survey, about one-third of adults reported having joint pain within the past 30 days. Knee pain was the most common complaint, followed by shoulder pain and hip pain, but joint pain can affect any joint in your body. In active people, common causes of joint pain include:
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 aches and pain, and recover faster from injury:
- Acupuncture: drawn from modern biomedical strategies
- Manual therapy: soft tissue work and joint manipulation
- Injury-specific Corrective Exercise
The skilled practitioners at Mark Thompson Acutherapy have treated thousands of patients with muscle and joint pain successfully, and their goal is to help you get rid of your pain or heal from injury quickly and effectively. Treatments are usually 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.