At Integrative Spine & Sports, our practitioners see a lot of patients for pain. When a huge part of someone’s day is spent doing repetitive movements, those same movements can slowly and unintentionally damage muscle and tissue.
The damage that occurs every day is small and unnoticeable — but it can build up over time. Gradually, the pain gets harder and harder to ignore. The pain that can result from “wear and tear” is called musculoskeletal pain. Musculoskeletal pain is a general term, though. Depending on the situation, it can mean vastly different things.
It is, however, the most accurate way to describe the type of pain that occurs anywhere in the musculoskeletal system (i.e., muscles, tendons, ligaments, nerves, discs, blood vessels, etc.). Musculoskeletal pain can be easily dismissed as something inevitable — something that comes with old age, so to speak.
And although the correlation between old age and musculoskeletal pain is evident and easy to accept — it doesn’t have to be this way. Believe it or not, there are treatment options to protect ourselves from this “curse of old age”. The answer to musculoskeletal pain is something called EPAT therapy, also known as shockwave therapy. At our practice in New York City, shockwave therapy is a common treatment we recommend to our patients. Continue reading to learn more about this non-invasive treatment option.