Muscle Pain Specialist

Stellar Pain and Spine Specialists

Pain Management located in Chicago, IL & River Forest, IL

Muscle pain is a common issue that can cause stiffness and a limited range of motion, impacting your ability to go about your normal activities. At Stellar Pain and Spine Specialists, with locations in the Northside of Chicago and western suburbs, including Lincoln Park, Wicker Park, Lake View East, Ukrainian Village, Budlong Woods, Norwood Park West, Bucktown, Andersonville, River Forest, and Oak Park, Illinois, the pain management specialists work with patients to determine the underlying cause of their muscle pain and the most effective treatment. To speak with a doctor about muscle pain, book an appointment by calling the office or scheduling online.

Muscle Pain Q & A

What causes muscle pain?

In most cases, localized muscle pain is the result of tension, stress, or other minor injuries to your muscles. A muscle strain is a type of injury that occurs when you overstretch your muscles. 

Also referred to as a pulled muscle, a muscle strain can easily result from improper use or repetitive stress. Muscle strains can cause additional symptoms such as bruising, swelling, and muscle spasms. 

Additional causes of muscle pain include:

  • Chronic fatigue syndrome
  • Dystonia 
  • Lupus
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Myofascial pain syndrome
  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Polymyositis
  • Hypothyroidism

If you suffer from muscle pain throughout your body (systemic muscle pain) it’s usually the result of an infection, underlying illness, or medication side effect. 

Who gets muscle pain?

Muscle pain can affect anyone. Certain activities like soccer, football, tennis, and basketball can put you at an increased risk of developing muscle strains. Conditions like chronic fatigue syndrome, rheumatoid arthritis, and lupus typically affect young to middle-aged adults. 

When should I see a doctor about muscle pain?

Muscle pain can affect your daily activities and lower your overall quality of life. If you suffer from severe muscle pain or pain that doesn’t improve with at-home treatment, schedule a visit with the pain specialists at Stellar Pain and Spine. 

During your appointment, you and your doctor discuss your symptoms and the details of your condition. In addition to a physical exam, your doctor may conduct several additional tests such as:

  • Blood test
  • X-ray
  • MRI
  • Ultrasound
  • Urinalysis
  • Antinuclear antibody

Your doctor can diagnose certain types of muscle pain (like a muscle strain) through a simple physical exam and imaging tests. In some cases, your doctor may need additional information to rule out or confirm conditions like lupus or rheumatoid arthritis.  

What treatments are available?

Treatment depends on the underlying cause of your muscle pain. If you suffer from a muscle strain, your doctor may recommend RICE (rest, ice, compression, elevation), over-the-counter pain medications, or physical therapy. 

In other cases, your doctor may recommend a number of medications and therapies to help you treat your underlying condition and effectively relieve your pain. 

The specialists at Stellar Pain and Spine work with each patient to develop the most effective treatment plan for their condition. 

To get started on your muscle pain treatment plan, call Stellar Pain and Spine, or book online today.