What is Musculoskeletal Pain?

What is Musculoskeletal Pain?

Pain is one of the common symptoms accompanying most health issues. Pain and discomfort are often the initial signs of diseases. Pain in the muscles, joints, and other tissues can occur due to a variety of factors most of which are linked to inflammation, injuries, and overwork. 

Here is a brief discussion about the safe and natural ways to relieve pain and how the use of Palmitoylethanolamide could help you derive relief from acute and chronic musculoskeletal conditions. 


What is musculoskeletal pain?

Musculoskeletal pain refers to the pain in the bones, joints, tendons, ligaments, and muscles. Musculoskeletal pain can be acute or chronic in nature. A severe blow, accident, or injuries such as fractures may cause abrupt, severe pain. Chronic conditions such as arthritis may cause persistent pain in the joints. Pain may be localized affecting only one part of your body or generalized affecting the entire body. [1]

Pain in the muscles is often described as aches, discomfort, or stiffness. It may occur due to the wrong posture or the overstraining of the muscles. 

Musculoskeletal pain can interfere with your routine activities and cause a varying amount of discomfort. It is important to identify the cause of pain and discomfort and seek the right treatment to relieve the symptoms.


What are the different types of musculoskeletal pain?

The common types of musculoskeletal pain include:

  • Pain in the bones: Injuries like fractures and other musculoskeletal injuries often cause moderate to severe bone pain. In rare cases, a tumor in the bone may cause pain.
  • Pain in the joints: Inflammation and stiffness often accompany pain in the joints. In some patients, joint pain resolves with rest but becomes worse after performing physical activities. Osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis are the common conditions affecting the joints. These conditions occur due to the inflammation in the joints as a result of increased weight or immunological dysfunctions. 
  • Muscle pain: Spasms and cramps in the muscles and injuries or accidents may cause pain in the muscles. Some infections and tumors can also cause muscle pain. Muscle pain or stiffness may also occur due to sitting, standing, walking, or sleeping in a wrong posture that creates strain on the muscle tissues. 
  • Ligament and tendon pain: Tendons and ligaments are made of strong bands of connective tissues that connect the joints and the bones. Overuse injuries, strains, and strains can lead to ligament or tendon pain. 

What are the signs and symptoms of musculoskeletal pain?

The symptoms of musculoskeletal pain vary depending on the underlying cause. The common symptoms accompanying musculoskeletal pain include:

  • Stiffness and aching
  • Pain that becomes worse with movements
  • Fatigue and weakness 
  • Twitching of the muscles 
  • Burning sensation in the muscles
  • Sleep disturbances

The use of Palmitoylethanolamide is often recommended as a safe way to derive relief from pain and associated symptoms. Regular use of Palmitoylethanolamide is linked to reduced inflammation in the joints, muscles, ligaments, tendons, and bones. It is expected to protect these tissues against damage due to inflammation and overuse and accelerate recovery following injuries and accidents.


1. Medically Reviewed by Carol DerSarkissian, MD, Pain Management: Musculoskeletal Pain, 2021 April

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