What Causes Musculoskeletal Pain?
A variety of causes can create musculoskeletal pain. Wear and tear from daily activities can damage muscle tissue, but so can trauma. Most trauma occurs from quick movements, falls, auto accidents, and direct blows to the muscle. Without proper musculoskeletal care other causes of pain can include overuse, postural strain, and repetitive movements.
Moreover, posture changes and poor body mechanics may bring spinal alignment problems and muscle shortening. This may also cause other muscles to undergo unnecessary strain and misuse, leading to pain.
What are Symptoms of a Musculoskeletal Injury?
Musculoskeletal pain can often cause the whole body to ache. This is fairly common and your muscles may feel like they are overworked. From time to time, patients will also complain about their muscles twitching or burning.
Symptoms vary from person to person, but the common symptoms are as follows:
- General pain
- Muscle fatigue
- Unusual sleep patterns
How Is Musculoskeletal Pain Treated?
At Metropolitan Pain Consultants we offer two forms of nonsurgical minimally invasive treatments. Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP) is a blood based injectable that makes use of a patient’s own blood platelets to heal an injury. Similarly, Bone Marrow Concentrate (BMC) is a therapy that draws adult stem cells from a patient’s hip bone to use in a unique concentrate.
PRP for Musculoskeletal Care:
A normal injection takes about 20 to 30 minutes to complete. A pain specialist begins by drawing a blood sample from the patient. The sample is then placed into a centrifuge, which separates the platelet-rich plasma from the other whole blood components. Blood layers include: white blood cells, red blood cells, plasma, and platelets.
Once the sample has been separated, the doctor will use an ultrasound for guidance to administer the PRP injection into the site of injury.
While it depends on the patient and injury, typically a patient will require 1 to 3 injections. The injection itself may create minor discomfort, but this is normal. It is a good indicator that the concentrate is interacting and engaging the damaged tissue.
What Musculoskeletal Conditions does PRP Treat?
BMC for Musculoskeletal Care:
Bone Marrow Concentrate (BMC) therapy is similar to PRP injections. They both utilize the patient’s body to heal an injured area.
However, instead of drawing blood from a vein, BMC requires a doctor to draw stem cells from the hip bone. The hip is particularly rich with “pluripotent” stem cells.
Similar to PRP, the doctor safely removes the sample and uses a centrifuge to generate a powerful concentrate. The doctor, using ultrasound guidance, injects the concentrate into the injured area.
What Musculoskeletal Conditions does BMC Treat?
If you are interested in non-surgical alternatives or you are in need of a consultation for a musculoskeletal injury, please contact us at 201-729-0001. We offer weekday and weekend appointments. You can find us at our conveniently located clinics in West Orange, Aberdeen, Lyndhurst, and Fort Lee.