omschrijving musculoskeletal medicine1) A system of diagnosis and treatment that recognizes the role of the musculoskeletal system (bones, muscles, tendons, nerves, and spinal column) in the healthy functioning of the human body.
2) The practice of Medicine which emphasize that all body systems operate in unison, and that disturbance in one system can alter the function of the other systems in the body. In order to treat ailments, doctors which practice musculoskeletal medicine use manipulative techniques, as well as traditional diagnostic and therapeutic procedures to diagnose and treat dysfunction in the body.
‘At its heart is the recognition and management of dysfunctional states of the neuromusculoskeletal system … .’
‘Musculoskeletal medicine has emerged from a background of orthopaedic medicine, manual medicine, and osteopathic manipulative medicine.’
(Hutson M, Ellis R (Ed). Textbook of Musculoskeletal Medicine. Oxford University Press 2005)