Acute Musculoskeletal Pain

Acute Musculoskeletal Pain

Acute musculoskeletal pain is a term used to describe any pain related to muscles, joints, or bones. These types of pain can range from mild to severe and can be caused by a variety of different conditions. The most common cause is an injury or strain that can occur with physical activity. It can also be caused by medical conditions, such as arthritis or bursitis, or even stress or tension.

Treating acute musculoskeletal pain typically depends on the underlying cause. Some treatments may include pain medications, physical therapy, exercise, or even surgery. In some cases, the pain may go away on its own with rest and time.


Symptoms of acute musculoskeletal pain can vary and may include:

  • Stiffness
  • Swelling
  • Tenderness
  • Groin or hip pain
  • Pain with movement
  • Sharp or dull aching pain
  • Weakness
  • Redness or warm to the touch skin


Acute musculoskeletal pain can be caused by a variety of different conditions and activities. Common causes include:

  • Muscle strain or overuse
  • Arthritis
  • Bursitis
  • Tendonitis
  • Repetitive motions
  • Fracture or dislocated joint
  • Osteoporosis
  • Sciatica
  • Sprain
  • Stress or tension


Treatment for acute musculoskeletal pain will depend on the underlying cause. Some treatments may include:

  • Pain medications, such as nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) or opioids
  • Physical therapy
  • Exercise
  • Rest
  • Ice or heat therapy
  • Corticosteroid injections
  • Surgery

If the pain is severe or persists, it is important to seek medical advice to properly diagnose and treat the condition in order to reduce the risk of further injury or complications.