What is orthopaedic medicine?
This is a system of diagnosis and treatment for conditions affecting the moving parts of the body (muscles, ligaments, tendons, joints, discs, bursae). The aim is to be as accurate as possible about the cause of a patient’s pain, so that treatment can be provided in a very specific way. Sadly these methods are not always practiced in orthodox medicine.
Methods of treatment used in Orthopaedic Medicine
In addition to various soft tissue and massage techniques, manipulation and exercise therapy, the Orthopaedic Physician uses injections of various different types applied to the specific site of injury.
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Whilst injection therapy can be very successful, as with all medical treatments it does not always help, particularly if the patient has had an injury for a long time. In these cases, a new technique called Extracorporeal Shock Wave Therapy may be beneficial.
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Dr Mark Allfree is an Orthopaedic Physician, and is a member of the British Institute of Musculuskeletal Medicine. He is registered with the General Medical Council, and the General Osteopathic Council. He has had over 15 years’ experience in the treatment of musculoskeletal problems, and has held a number of posts in the Orthopaedic Department at King’s Mill Hospital, Sutton-in-Ashfield, Nottinghamshire.