Arthritis Specialist

C+Y Medical PC

Internists & Primary Care Physicians located in Brooklyn, New York, NY

Muscular pain and arthritis can lead to chronic pain conditions that make it difficult or impossible to go about your everyday life. The experienced physicians at C+Y Medical PC, in Brooklyn, New York, offer safe and innovative treatment options to manage painful acute and chronic conditions. If you’re suffering from muscular pain or arthritis, call C+Y Medical or schedule an appointment online today.

Muscular Pain & Arthritis Q & A

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What is muscular pain?

There are approximately 700 named muscles in your body made up of tissue, blood vessels, and tendons. When you experience muscle pain, or myalgia, it’s usually localized to a specific area of your body. These types of pains are typically the result of injury, stress, tension, or overuse.

If you have muscle pain throughout your entire body, also known as systemic muscle pain, it’s usually due to illness, medication, or infection.

What are the symptoms of muscular pain?

Muscle pain can vary from mild to severe. A few symptoms include:

  • Aches or pains
  • Tenderness
  • Swelling
  • Redness
  • Fever

You might also experience muscle pain symptoms due to other conditions, including the common cold and flu or fibromyalgia.

What is arthritis?

Arthritis is a way of referring to joint disease or joint pain from inflammation. There are more than 100 types of arthritis and it can affect men and women of all ages and races. The most common types of arthritis are rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis.

Rheumatoid arthritis

In rheumatoid arthritis, the lining of your joints becomes inflamed and swollen because it’s under attack from your immune system. This can lead to permanent bone and cartilage loss in your joint.

Osteoarthritis

Osteoarthritis is the most common type of arthritis. This condition is a result of cartilage damage from wear and tear, injury, or infection. As you continue losing cartilage, bones begin to grind on each other, causing pain and restricting movement.

Some people also experience a less common form of arthritis called muscular arthritis. This rare condition causes painful inflammation in the muscles of the body.

How is muscular pain and arthritis diagnosed and treated?

During your appointment, your doctor does a full physical examination, including personal and family medical histories. Depending on your symptoms, they might recommend additional testing to identify the cause of your pain, including:

  • MRI or CT scans
  • X-ray
  • Bone scans
  • Blood tests

They also might recommend ultrasound tests to provides images of ligaments, tendons, joints, and muscles. This information helps your doctor diagnose soft tissue conditions like strains, tears, and sprains.

Treatments for muscular pain and arthritis often includes medication, physical therapy, and lifestyle modifications such as:

  • Dietary changes
  • Physical activity
  • Regular exercise

To learn more about muscular pain and arthritis management, call C+Y Medical PC or schedule an appointment online today.

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