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Musculoskeletal Injuries Specialist

Musculoskeletal Injuries

Musculoskeletal Injuries services offered in Union City and Dyersburg, TN

A musculoskeletal injury affects your bones, joints, ligaments, tendons, or muscles. Michael Calfee, MD, and Paxton Sisson, PA-C, of Advanced Orthopedics & Sports Medicine in Union City and Dyersburg, Tennessee, diagnose and treat musculoskeletal injuries. When these injuries interfere with your usual activities and cause serious pain, reach out to the closest office for an evaluation. Call today or use the online tool to book an appointment. 

Musculoskeletal Injuries Q&A

What are musculoskeletal injuries?

If you have an injury to the bones, muscles, nerves, or tendons that causes pain, it’s considered a musculoskeletal injury. These injuries may be caused by overuse or trauma, such as a fall, dislocation, sprain, or direct blow to the muscle. 

Musculoskeletal injuries can also be caused by disease or poor posture.

What are the symptoms of musculoskeletal injuries?

The symptoms of your injury depend on its location, severity, and type. You might experience:

  • Aching
  • Muscle fatigue or weakness
  • Burning
  • Twitching
  • Sharp pain
  • Prickly sensations

These symptoms can appear in the shoulders, back, hips, wrists, ankles, legs, knees, or feet. 

Musculoskeletal injury pain can also interfere with your ability to sleep, making you feel fatigued during the day. 

What causes musculoskeletal injuries?

Injuries may result from a degenerative condition, like arthritis or fibromyalgia, or an acute injury. The term “musculoskeletal injury” encompasses:

  • Fractures
  • Strains and sprains
  • Bone tumors
  • Inflammation of the joints
  • Muscles spasms and cramps
  • Muscle pulls
  • Tendon and ligament tears 
  • Tendinitis
  • Trigger finger

Along with a physical exam and review of your symptoms, imaging tests, such as X-rays and MRIs, help the doctors at Advanced Orthopedics & Sports Medicine pinpoint the cause of your musculoskeletal pain and injury.

How do you treat musculoskeletal injuries?

Your treatment plan is customized to the type of musculoskeletal injury you have. Your specialist determines what likely caused the injury and whether it’s your bone, tendon, ligament, or affected muscle. 

Over-the-counter pain medications treat mild pain from musculoskeletal injuries. Prescription medications along with other conservative treatments also help get you pain relief and recover. 

These include:

  • Heat or cold therapy
  • Immobilization or splinting
  • Physical therapy
  • Movement modifications
  • Corticosteroid injections

In some cases, a musculoskeletal injury will need more invasive treatment. At Advanced Orthopedics & Sports Medicine, the specialists offer fracture repair, nerve injury repair, and tendon or ligament repair. These surgeries are usually done using minimally invasive techniques that mean small incisions, less scarring, reduced risk of complications, and faster recoveries. 

If you need expert help with a musculoskeletal injury, call Advanced Orthopedics & Sports Medicine to set up an appointment or use this website to book online.