A musculoskeletal disorder is an injury, or conditions, that affect the way the body moves or its musculoskeletal system (muscles, tendons, nerves, ligaments, blood vessels). These types of problems are extremely common and account for a high number of lost working days and pain for individuals.
The pain of a bad back, or strained joints can be sudden, severe and often debilitating. While most back and joint problems will resolve themselves, some can become chronic and may require investigation to determine what is going on. Repetitive strain injuries are also extremely commonplace.
Musculoskeletal scans are used to diagnose conditions affecting the back and joints. Ultrasound and MRI scans are generally used to diagnose soft tissue injuries (damage to muscles, joints, ligaments and tendons) while CT scans are most effective at identifying bone injuries.