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What Is Musculoskeletal Medicine?

  • John K. Paterson

Abstract

Musculoskeletal medicine addresses pain perception and its modification, as well as the anatomy, physiology, and pathology of the skeleton and the muscular system, which inevitably includes the extremely complex neuromuscular control mechanisms. It involves the interaction between all these elements. Musculoskeletal medicine is secondarily the practice of a variety of simple therapies aimed at relieving pain, restoring normal posture and mobility, and reducing disability. An understanding of the epidemiology of its various manifestations is imperative for all those working in this field, and for the sufferers who currently are often ill-advised.

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© Springer-Verlag London Limited 2006

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  • John K. Paterson

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