Try as you might to stay fit and active, sooner or later, you will likely experience muscle pain. It may be a mild aching after a workout or overexertion during the course of a typical day. Or it may be a more severe injury, infection, disease, or other health problem producing a deep, steady throbbing, and cramps or spasms. This pain can make it difficult for you to function at your optimal capacity.
In any case, muscle pain (also known as myalgia) should not be ignored or “shaken off.” If it is acute (short-lived), it can be effectively treated with rest, icing, or medication. However, if your muscle pain is chronic and, therefore, persistent, and recurring, it requires advanced medical attention from a doctor specializing in treating painful conditions.
However, choosing the best pain doctor to treat your muscle pain can be crucial to your successful recovery.
The Causes of Common and Systemic Muscle Pain
Muscle pain occurs in people of all ages and genders, and everyone experiences it differently. Often, it results from delayed-onset muscle soreness (DOMS) due to trying a new physical activity or changing your exercise routine. Sore muscles develop within six to 12 hours following exertion, and the pain can linger for up to 48 hours.
Even if you don’t exercise regularly or at all, you can sustain a painful injury due to overuse of muscles, stress, or tension. Typically, this pain is localized, affecting just a few of your muscles or a particular part of your body.
Systemic muscle pain — occurring throughout your whole body — is another matter. It is more often the result of an infection, an illness, or a side effect of a medication you are taking. The many causes of systemic muscle pain include:
- Autoimmune diseases that occur when your body’s immune system mistakenly attacks itself. Typically, your immune system guards against germs like bacteria and viruses. When your immune system can’t tell the difference between your cells and foreign cells, it releases proteins called autoantibodies (antibodies that target a person’s own tissues or organs). These autoantibodies then attack healthy cells. Common autoimmune diseases include multiple sclerosis (MS), lupus, rheumatoid arthritis, and Type 1 diabetes.
- Bacterial and viral infections that make you feel achy throughout your body, such as colds, flu, Lyme disease, trichinosis, and malaria.
- Overuse injuries including abdominal strains, back strains and sprains, stress fracturs, myofascial pain syndrome, and tendinitis.
- Medications that cause inflammation of muscle cells or activate muscle pain receptors, such as statins, ACE inhibitors, and cancer treatments including chemotherapy and radiation therapy.
- Neuromuscular disorders that affect muscles and the nerves that control them causing weakness and pain. These include ALS or Lou Gehrig’s disease, muscular dystrophy, myasthenia gravis, and spinal muscular atrophy.
Other notable conditions that can cause muscle pain, chronic fatigue syndrome, fibromyalgia, hypothyroidism, peripheral artery disease, and an imbalance of electrolytes.
The Key to Treating Your Muscle Pain
Oxygen-ozone therapy is a medical treatment that is safe and very effective in treating muscle pain and spasm as well as many other conditions.
Ozone is a supercharged oxygen molecule that has been used worldwide for over 100 years to treat a variety of medical conditions, including various viruses, bacteria, fungi, and cancer’. Now it serves as a viable treatment of musculoskeletal disorders, including rheumatoid arthritis, subacromial bursitis, carpal tunnel syndrome, osteoarthritis, hip bursitis, shoulder adhesive capsulitis, herniated disc, fibromyalgia and temporomandibular joint disorder. When injected into a painful area, ozone stimulates your body’s natural ability to repair, causing the muscle to heal quickly.
Ozone Injections for Muscle Pain
As a triple board-certified physician with more than 30 years of experience, Dr. Warren J. Bleiweiss of Alternative Disc Therapy in Caldwell, New Jersey, is a national leader in the use of innovative regenerative medicine treatments. He has long believed in the body’s innate ability to heal itself, which is why he emphasizes alternative nonsurgical methods designed to heal patients without surgery or medication. His approach addresses the root cause of each patient’s condition and customizes a treatment plan tailored to their specific needs.
If you are experiencing chronic muscle pain or spasms and want to avoid invasive and risky procedures and medications, Dr. Bleiweiss offers a viable alternative in the form of innovative regenerative medicine treatments such as medical-grade oxygen-ozone injections. He uses this method to successfully treat muscle pain, joint pain, sports injuries, back and neck pain, arthritis, and more. Ozone treatments can also boost the immune system and kills viruses and bacteria.
Oxygen-ozone injections are an in-office injection treatment performed by Dr. Bleiweiss. It does not require anesthesia and, for patients who are uncomfortable with injections or have high anxiety towards needles, we have nitrous oxide available at your request. Also, there is no downtime – you can resume your normal, daily activities after the treatment.
Muscle Pain Doctor in Caldwell, New Jersey
At Alternative Disc Therapy, we provide the most advanced nonsurgical treatments for a wide range of musculoskeletal conditions. To find out if you are a suitable candidate for the latest ozone injections, schedule a consultation with Dr. Warren J. Bleiweiss today. Call (973) 403-3334 or use our convenient online Request an Appointment form. We look forward to seeing you and helping relieve your pain.