Musculoskeletal Medicine

Musculoskeletal Medicine

Most people experience musculoskeletal problems as they get older. The resulting pain and limited mobility directly impact your ability to thrive and enjoy life. The exceptional team at Lightyear Health in San Diego, California, includes specialists in musculoskeletal medicine who work closely with people in assisted-living facilities in San Diego, Fresno, Bakersfield, Palm Springs, and Riverside, California. With a comprehensive and individualized treatment plan, they help you find relief from the pain, function better, and stay healthier longer.

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Musculoskeletal Medicine Q & A

Why do I need musculoskeletal medicine?

Even if youre healthy, you lose bone density and muscle tissue as you get older. These changes begin in your 30s and 40s, and they continue throughout adulthood as the hormones needed to stimulate bone and muscle growth gradually decline.

With personalized care from specialists in musculoskeletal medicine, you can slow down these changes, regain strength, and improve mobility. Ongoing care for your muscles, bones, and supporting tissues also helps you find relief from chronic pain.

Musculoskeletal medicine provided where you live is especially important when you have chronic muscle and bone conditions or suffer an injury.

What are the most common musculoskeletal injuries?

Falls are one of the most common causes of musculoskeletal injuries. Though falls often cause a fracture, older adults are also at risk of compression fractures and fragility fractures that occur when you have osteoporosis.

Osteoporosis leads to weak, brittle bones that can collapse or break without significant force or trauma. Low-impact falls represent the most common type of injury in senior adults. Routine daily movements and a strong cough provide all the power needed to fracture an osteoporotic bone.

After falls and fractures, the most common injuries include sprained ligaments and pulled muscles. You can also develop musculoskeletal problems if youre inactive for a long time.

What problems do musculoskeletal medicine specialists treat?

The skilled musculoskeletal specialists at Lightyear Health diagnose and treat the full range of problems affecting your bones, muscles, tendons, ligaments, and joints. A few examples of the conditions frequently treated include:

  • Osteoarthritis
  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Osteoporosis
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Sarcopenia
  • Bursitis
  • Tendonitis
  • Degenerative disc disease
  • Joint instability

No matter what problem lies behind your chronic back, neck, hip, or knee pain, the team at Lightyear Health can help.

What services do musculoskeletal medicine specialists provide?
Your treatment is customized to meet your unique musculoskeletal needs. The multi-specialty team at Lightyear Health uses a variety of medications, procedures, assistive devices, and therapies to reduce your pain, build your strength, and improve function.

They also develop a comprehensive plan to prevent falls. For example, you may need balance training, gait training, or an assessment of your living space for fall hazards.

If you have questions or would like to schedule an appointment, contact us today.