SERIOUSLY: Take a minute to read this page and learn how to use the symptom checker for muscle pain to help you find the information that you need!
Most people think that muscle and joint pain is straight forward, my elbow hurts so the problem is my elbow. My calf hurts so the problem is the muscles in my lower leg. This is not always true. If you treat the elbow or you treat the calf and the pain subsides for a while but then returns, the pain may be caused muscles away from the pain location. If these other muscles are not treated, your pain will keep returning.
The Wellness Digest is here to help you find the source of your pain. Pain in the elbow maybe caused by muscles in the neck, shoulder, upper back, as well as the arm and elbow muscles. Pain in the calf can be caused by lower back, hip, thigh, and foot muscles. It is important to find your pain patterns and treat all the muscles that could be involved.
Four Ways To Use The Wellness Digest To Research Your Muscle Pain
Symptom Checker For Muscle Pain
The first resource I recommend is the Pain and Symptom tag cloud that is located on the right hand side of every page, except the home page where you will find it in the center of the page. Find and click on the symptom or area that is painful. This will take you to a page that will list the muscles that could be contributors to your pain. Each muscle has a picture with the most common pain patterns marked in red. Look at the pictures and find the one that most closely matches your pain. On the detailed muscle page, pay close attention to the sections about pain and symptoms, movements of the muscle, and activities that cause pain. These are important clues as to whether the muscle is a contributor to your pain. Also take time to read about the muscles listed in the Other Muscles To Be Considered as these muscles can also be contributors to your pain.
If you have a clinical diagnosis such as carpal tunnel syndrome, find it in the tag cloud or use the search function to see the muscles most commonly involved.
Use The Search Function
Another way to research your pain is to use the Search feature at the top right hand side of the page. The Search feature works very well if you are looking for information about a particular muscle. It will not only find the muscle you are looking for, but will also list the other muscles that are affected or can affect that muscle’s pain and symptoms.
Browse The Muscle Pages
Over on the right hand side of the page is a section of links labeled The Muscles. Browse all the categories looking at the pictures to find you pain patterns.
Tags At The Bottom Of The Page
About The Suggested Products
The suggested products that you find on the muscle information pages are products recommended for treatment of that muscle and not necessarily for the painful area.
For an example:
Using cold and heat packs as well as checking for trigger points in the neck muscles may eliminate the pain that you are experiencing in your shoulder, arm and hand. Treating only the shoulder, arm and hand will bring temporary relief, but will not eliminate the pain. Treating the neck muscles that are the actual source of the pain will move you toward eliminating the pain. Remember, if your pain patterns fit the muscle, consider treating that muscle even if it is located away from where you are feeling pain and symptoms.
Muscle Pain Can Be Complex
It takes time and patience to treat muscle pain. The important thing is to not give up. The Wellness Digest is here to help you find research and understand some aspects of muscle pain. In time the site will become a resource for exercises, stretches, technology and products to help with muscle pain, strength and flexibility. In our beginning stages we are a resource to help you begin your learning journey.