What is MSK Medicine?

Musculoskeletal medicine is a generalist medical discipline that takes a whole-of-patient approach to body pain and dysfunction. Although it covers all aspects of pain, musculoskeletal medicine has a unique interest in the role of the soft tissues in the causation of persistent pain. It strives to optimise the complex interactions between the “software” of the nerves and muscles, the “hardware” of the skeleton and its joints and the “central processing” of the brain.

Musculoskeletal doctors have usually specialised in general practice before undertaking extensive postgraduate training in musculoskeletal medicine. They have an advanced knowledge of the science relevant to body pain. Musculoskeletal doctors typically use a combination of gentle manual therapy and needle/injection techniques to improve neuromuscular functioning and thereby reduce pain. This complements their advanced medical skills in musculoskeletal history taking, examination, targeted investigation, diagnosis, pain education, counselling, judicious drug prescription and appropriate referral.


Musculoskeletal Treatment

SOFTWARE TECHNIQUES

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hardware TECHNIQUES

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SYSTEMIC TECHNIQUES

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