Patients usually come with pain or disability affecting the spine (cervical, thoracic and lumbar), the shoulder or hip (pelvic) girdles and the upper and lower limbs. Problems diagnosed by Musculoskeletal Specialists include muscular and soft tissues injuries or disorders, bone disorders, joint injuries and arthritis of various kinds and simple or complex pain conditions that affect a person’s movement patterns. These conditions become more common as a person gets older.
Treatment by musculoskeletal doctors varies and includes giving information about the condition, pain management strategies, manual therapy, acupuncture and dry needling, trigger point treatments, soft tissue or joint injections, drug therapy, and specific remedial exercises or rehabilitation programmes. Some have specialised training in diagnostic high-tech imaging procedures including nerve blocks and spinal joint injections.
Musculoskeletal doctors work closely with your GP and health practitioners in other disciplines (such as Physiotherapists and Occupational Therapists) and other medical specialists (such as Orthopaedic Surgeons and Rheumatologists) to ensure your medical needs are met effectively and safely.
There are two qualification levels of musculoskeletal practitioner:
At this point in time there are few publically funded Musculoskeletal Specialist services in New Zealand. Ask your GP if there is one in your area or contact us for more details here: firstname.lastname@example.org
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