Are you wondering why you keep experiencing the same injuries and pain over and over again? The answer could lie in your musculoskeletal system, which might not be working for you as well as it could.
What is triggering these conditions? Why does it happen, and what can you do about it? Yāna Motion Lab breaks down the key components of how your musculoskeletal system moves that contribute to your injuries.
Musculoskeletal Disorders: What You Need To Know
What are Musculoskeletal disorders?
Musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) are when you experience pain or impairment in the areas of your body such as your bones, muscles, tendons, ligaments, joints, nerves or connective tissue. It can happen in all areas across the body especially in areas that help you move, such as the head, neck, shoulders, mid and lower back, hips, hands and wrists. Some common MSDs include:
- a stress fracture is a common running related injury that can cause a sharp deep pain when weight bearing.
- a muscle tear can give you a feeling of a spasm or cramp and are painful when overstretched.
- torn tendons and ligaments usually caused by trauma; such as rolling your ankle.
- inflamed joints that can cause mild to severe deep aching pain depending on the movement.
- nerve-compressions can cause disorders such as carpal tunnel syndrome, cubital tunnel syndrome, and tarsal tunnel syndrome.
MSDs can happen through physical trauma or overuse. The pain can be acute, chronic or recurrent. If ignored or not managed, an MSD can become life changing and debilitating and result in continued pain and discomfort and poor motion health.
Why Do You Get MSDs?
On a basic level, it is due to the musculoskeletal system being “overloaded” – whether through a trauma or too much use over a short or long period of time.
It is why, even active and health conscious individuals can suffer painful musculoskeletal conditions. Abnormal movement patterns, old injuries, or specific environmental conditions can impact anyone and contribute to the development of MSDs.
There are specific triggers which are the baseline for why MSDs kick in. Three of them to be exact: biomechanical, individual differences, and occupational.
- Biomechanical – or “Repetitive Actions”
On a biomechanical level, you can suffer from MSDs if the force of the task strains your body. Activities involving heavy lifting (like lifting weights at the gym), and repetitive tasks (like typing all day) can be enough to trigger your symptoms as it wears down your biomechanical nature of your musculoskeletal system.
- Individual differences
If you’re wondering why some people suffer pain, and others don’t, it’s because of an individual’s body structure. Poor workplace practices (like sitting down all day), poor health habits (smoking, drinking, being overweight), and poor activity levels will put unnecessary pressure on your body, triggering your MSDs.
Perhaps the most common place in which MSDs occurs is at the workplace. Repetitive motions at work, and doing it for years, imbalances the body, causing the pain. Anything from sitting around to working on an assembly line can trigger pains. At the same time, there is the “psychosocial” factor at work. Job demands, job controls, requirements and lack of support can increase muscle tension, reduce pain sensitivity and put the body in a heightened state of sensitivity; triggering pain.
Musculoskeletal Assessments: How They Help
If you are noticing that you continually get injured or suffer recurring pain, understanding your musculoskeletal system is more important than ever. Unlike a CT scan, x-rays and other diagnostic interventions, the Yana Motion musculoskeletal assessment will help you understand your issues in an objective manner. Through the use of a 3D markerless motion capture system, Yāna Motion Lab can measure the motion and the health metrics of your musculoskeletal system.
With a compiled list of unbiased data extracted from your Yana Motion musculoskeletal assessment, your motion health experts will have an objective view into how you move, your movement patterns and your range of motion.
The reasons are endless, but the main point is this: you get an objective understanding of why you’re suffering from musculoskeletal pain. With this valuable information in your hand through your Yāna Motion Report, you can start making lifestyle changes to improve your motion.
Living a healthy lifestyle and undertaking physical activity are great ways to maintain strength, endurance and mobility – critical factors in preventing MSDs. Take preventative action today, so you no longer have to suffer from musculoskeletal pain. Get your baseline Body Motion Assessment booked now.
Yāna Motion is on the cutting edge of motion assessment reporting and 3D markerless motion capture. We desire to improve the process of injury assessment and streamline post-injury recovery tracking through our new and innovative methods. Whether you’re recovering from an injury, an athlete preparing for the season ahead, a health care professional looking for better ways to approach your patient’s need, or you’re looking for an assessment to help you live and move more effectively, Yāna Motion has the solution. Contact us for more information. Phone: (604) 719-2783 | Email: info@Yānamotion.com