What causes musculoskeletal pain?
Lots of things can cause musculoskeletal pain. The wear and tear of daily activities can damage muscle tissue. Trauma to an area (jerking movements, auto accidents, falls, fractures, sprains, dislocations, and direct blows to the muscle) also can cause musculoskeletal pain. Other causes of pain include postural strain, repetitive movements, overuse, and prolonged immobilization. Changes in posture or poor body mechanics may bring about spinal alignment problems and muscle shortening, therefore causing other muscles to be misused and become painful.
From: Pain Management: Musculoskeletal Pain WebMD Medical Reference
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