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Musculoskeletal Pain

Medically reviewed by Last updated on May 6, 2024.

What do I need to know about musculoskeletal pain?

Musculoskeletal pain can occur in muscles, bones, ligaments, tendons, or nerves. The pain can be dull, achy, or sharp. You may have pain and tenderness to the touch as well. The pain can occur anywhere in your body. Musculoskeletal pain can be from an injury, or a medical condition such as polymyositis.

How is the cause of musculoskeletal pain diagnosed?

Your healthcare provider will ask about past medical conditions or injuries. He or she may touch, press, bend, stretch, or move the painful area. Tell your provider if the pain is constant or goes away and comes back. Tell him or her if the pain is dull, sharp, or achy. Also tell him or her if the pain wakes you from sleep. You may also need any of the following tests:

How is musculoskeletal pain treated?

Treatment options

The following list of medications are related to or used in the treatment of this condition.

What can I do to manage my symptoms?

When should I seek immediate care?

When should I call my doctor?

Care Agreement

You have the right to help plan your care. Learn about your health condition and how it may be treated. Discuss treatment options with your healthcare providers to decide what care you want to receive. You always have the right to refuse treatment. The above information is an educational aid only. It is not intended as medical advice for individual conditions or treatments. Talk to your doctor, nurse or pharmacist before following any medical regimen to see if it is safe and effective for you.

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