Musculoskeletal disorders refer to a group of conditions which may affect your joints, muscles, and bones. Some common musculoskeletal disorders include Osteoarthritis, Rheumatoid arthritis, Osteoporosis, Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, Tendinitis, Fibromyalgia, Polymyalgia rheumatica, Fractures and sprains. Ageing, physical inactivity or sedentary lifestyle, poor posture, regularly lifting heavy loads, family history comprises some of the risk factors for musculoskeletal disorders. Common symptoms are chronic pain, joint stiffness, swelling leading to limited range of motion. Your neck, shoulders, wrist, hands, hips and knee joints are most prone to be affected. Generally, physical examination by your doctor can diagnose your condition, though sometimes X-Ray and MRI scans are required.
Read in more details about the common musculoskeletal conditions and find specific solutions for better management of your problem. Depending on the nature of the disorder, medication, physical therapy, and occupational therapy help in the management of musculoskeletal disorders in elderly adults. In the early phases, mild exercise under the guidance of a licensed trainer can go a long way in preventing further worsening of the condition. Orthopaedic supports, braces, and splints with neoprene help to relieve your pain by reducing stress and hot and cold compression packs, heat massagers also provide pain relief by heat therapy. Daily living aids like easy grip cutlery, grooming items, stocking aid make daily living easier. Variety of walkers and walking sticks are available that work to improve your mobility. Anti-slip tapes, mats, and grab bars at key locations in the house, are used to prevent slips and falls on wet and polished surfaces. Toilet seat raisers, commode chairs assist you in your bathroom needs.