We all have aches and pains from things we do during the day that resolve within 48 hours. Sharp pain that ends up limiting motion or aches and pains that don’t resolve after a day or two are considered out of the ordinary. Examples of musculoskeletal injuries that would cause aches or pains out of the ordinary include:
Injury to a ligament, the tough, fibrous tissue that connects bones to other bones. Twisting your ankle can cause a sprain which can be mild or severe.
Injury to either a muscle or tendon, the tissue that connects muscles to bones. Lifting something heavy can strain a back muscle or repetitive reaching overhead can strain a shoulder muscle.
An actual tear in the muscle or tendon. A tear can occur from a sudden force applied to the muscle such as catching a heavy load that is falling or from prolonged repetitive use.
Swelling around joints or bursa which are fluid filled sacs that protect your muscles and joints. Inflammation can occur from awkward positions, repetitive use, and heavy loads.
If you are experiencing aches or pains that are out of the ordinary, let your supervisor know and an OccuCare therapist will be happy to help.