Orthopedic medicine is a branch of medicine first defined by Dr. James Cyriax in 1929, when he started work at the St. James Thomas Hospital in London, England. Orthopedic medicine is the diagnosis and non-surgical treatment of musculoskeletal pain and its dysfunction. Most medical problems treated by orthopedic medicine practitioners are chronic musculoskeletal and complex pain disorders. The goal of orthopedic medicine is to restore mechanical quality of the musculoskeletal system and eliminate all dysfunction associated with tissue damage by means of prolotherapy injections, neural therapy, gait analysis, nutritional guidance, and rehabilitation techniques of manipulation.
In addition, the brain (primary controller of the body) communicates with the rest of the body through two main mechanisms. One is through the brain releasing its hormones into the circulation and the other (the main mechanism) is through the spinal cord and spinal nerves. If the spinal cord communication is disrupted in any way (such as through vertebral subluxations), this can lead to less than optimal functioning of the organs and other systems of the body.
At Manhattan Advanced Medicine we do not perform such manipulations but refer patients (based on their BAH or ACMOS test) to the most appropriate technique for them. This may include specific types of little known chiropractic based treatments, PT, massage (including subspecialty types of massage), and others.