Sore muscles from strenuous activity that can be easily treated with rest and/or over-the-counter medication is one thing. But chronic, debilitating muscle pain is something that clearly requires expert medical attention.
While there are many factors that can cause severe muscle pain, the most common include:
- Stress and tension
- Poor posture
Your body is resilient and has the innate ability to heal itself. However, muscles that are torn or bruised can take weeks or months to mend depending on the severity of the injury. So, when should you see a pain doctor to relieve your symptoms?
When To See a Pain Doctor for Muscle Pain
You should seek medical care immediately or go to the nearest emergency room if you have muscle pain accompanied by:
- Difficulty breathing or dizziness.
- Extreme muscle weakness that prevents you from performing daily activities.
- A stiff neck and high fever.
- An injury that prevents you from moving, especially if you are bleeding or have other injuries.
Otherwise, you should schedule an appointment with a pain specialist if you have:
- Recurrent pain that occurs with exercise and diminishes with rest.
- Muscle pain that starts after taking or increasing a prescribed dose of medicine.
- Signs of infection around a sore muscle, including redness and swelling.
- Any chronic muscle pain that does not improve with at-home pain management.
- Systemic muscle pain that occurs throughout your whole body.
Causes of Muscle Pain
There are many causes of systemic muscle pain, including but not limited to:
- Autoimmune diseases, like multiple sclerosis (MS), lupus, or rheumatoid arthritis
- Bacterial and viral infections
- Overuse injuries, such as back strains and sprains, stress fractures, and tendinitis
- Medications(took out “ that cause inflammation” because statins reduce inflammation. The rest of the sentence is ok)such as statins, ACE inhibitors, and chemotherapy
- Neuromuscular disorders such as ALS (Lou Gehrig’s disease), muscular dystrophy, and spinal muscular atrophy
- Myofascial pain syndrome
- Chronic fatigue syndrome
- Peripheral artery disease(Take this out. It’s a vascular issue, not a muscle issue)
A qualified pain doctor can accurately diagnose the source of your muscle pain and prescribe appropriate treatment.
Why Ozone Injections Arethe Best Treatment for Chronic Pain
Medical-grade ozone is a super-charged oxygen molecule that has been used to treat a variety of painful conditions worldwide for more than 100 years. As an alternative to conventional injection treatments and an alternative to a number of surgeries, ozone injection therapy offers multiple benefits that include:
- The mobilization of your body’s stem cells to a painful affected area.
- The stimulation of your body’s cells to repair muscle damage.
- Improvement of blood flow to the painful area
- A decrease in inflammation
Triple board-certified Dr. Warren J. Bleiweiss at Alternative Disc Therapy in Caldwell, New Jersey is a national leader in the use of ozone injection treatments for herniated discs, joint and muscle pain, and injuries. Having pioneered the outpatient oxygen-ozone disc injection procedure in the United States, he is considered one of the leading experts in North America when it comes to safely and effectively treating chronic pain without surgery or medication.
Dr. Bleiweiss has long held the belief that the body has an innate ability to heal itself naturally on a cellular level. He identifies the cause of your pain and creates a custom regenerative medicine treatment that provides effective and sustainable results.
Pain Doctor in Caldwell, New Jersey
If you are suffering from chronic muscle pain, don’t hesitate to schedule an in-office or virtual consultation with Dr. Bleiweiss to discuss effective alternative treatments that can relieve your symptoms. To get started, call our practice today at (973) 403-3334 or use our convenient and secure online appointment request form.