Musculoskeletal disease can refer to any disease impacting the musculature and the skeleton both. This can cover a wide range of different diseases and disorders today.
It can be different for every patient. Common diseases include osteomyelitis (bone infection), tumors, and endocrine disease. The origin of the disease may vary, as well. For example, osteomyelitis may happen when peripheral vascular disease or diabetes is already present, as an open wound may be directly over a bone which then becomes infected. If the patient suffers a fracture in which the bone protrudes through the skin, the bacteria exposure may cause infection leading to musculoskeletal disease of some type.
The first step in diagnosing musculoskeletal disease is a visit with an experienced physician. A medical history can be very useful in identifying the exact source of the musculoskeletal disease, but the ideal way to make a definitive diagnosis is to have x-ray images made. Dr. Liu has an x-ray machine in the office to make it as easy and quick as possible to achieve a diagnosis in cases of musculoskeletal disease.
The treatment for musculoskeletal disease depends upon the exact origin of the problem. Some problems are chronic and will require ongoing treatment. Other problems can be resolved with the use of specific antibiotics. In the most severe cases, surgery will sometimes be needed. The key to preventing serious damage is identifying and treating any musculoskeletal disease as quickly as possible. When patients notice signs like severe pain, redness, inflammation, lethargy, or weakness in the bones or around the site of an open wound, it is important that they see a doctor as soon as possible.
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