Musculoskeletal Medicine

What is musculoskeletal medicine?

What are common musculoskeletal disorders?

Common disorders include tendinitis, carpal tunnel syndrome, osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis (RA), fibromyalgia and bone fractures.

Musculoskeletal Specialist

What training does a musculoskeletal specialist do?

What should be referred to a musculoskeletal specialist?

Issues that should be referred include shoulder, arm and hand pain, lower back pain and sciatica, tennis and golfer’s elbow, hip, knee, ankle and foot pain, joint pain and stiffness, frozen shoulder, osteoarthritis, headache, repetitive strain injuries, sports related injuries and muscle, tendon and ligament pain.

What should I expect when I see a musculoskeletal physician?

When you are seen by a musculoskeletal specialist, they will take a history of the problem and other issues you may have had, your past medical and surgical history, medications and allergies. They will examine the affected and unaffected areas, and depending on the body part, you may need to expose the area by undressing. They then may arrange further investigations such as x-rays, ultrasounds, Ct scans and MRI’s. These are not always needed. Sometimes blood tests are also ordered to exclude other conditions such as autoimmune diseases. When they have gathered enough information to understand your condition they should explain it to you and offer a management plan.