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Understanding Your Pain

Your Musculoskeletal System

The human musculoskeletal system (also known as the locomotor system) is the organ system that gives us the ability to move by using our muscles and skeletal system together. Ligaments and cartilage connect our bones at our joints (cartilage helps reduce friction and support bones), and tendons attach our skeletal muscle to our bones.

It's an amazing, complex system and it's not uncommon for things to go wrong from time to time. In fact, more than 30 percent of people will experience back or neck pain in their lifetime. While auto or sports-related accidents are usually to blame, heredity, overall body composition, and even daily habits are often factors. That's why Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation specialists (also called physiatrists) treat you, the person, not just your symptoms.

Take the Next Step

Are you ready to take the next step in getting the right diagnosis? Contact an MSR supported physician.

TOP 10 REASONS to Visit a Physiatrist

  • 1. Physiatry is a medical specialty
  • 2. Physiatrists are medical doctors (M.D.s and D.O.s)
  • 3. Physiatrists treat the whole person, not just a condition
  • 4. Physiatrists use the latest treatments and modalities
  • 5. No problem is ever too small or too big for a physiatrist
  • 6. Physiatry treatment is highly individualized to meet the specific needs of the patient
  • 7. Physiatry can often help people avoid surgery
  • 8. The physiatrist's job is restore as much function and independence as possible—to put the pieces of people's lives back together
  • 9. The physiatrist works with a team of health care professionals that includes physicians of other medical specialties, and therapists
  • 10. Physiatrists can help with acute and chronic pain management issues