Physical Medicine Specialist

Commonwealth Musculoskeletal Medicine

Musculoskeletal Specialist located in Louisville, KY

When you have a musculoskeletal injury, one of the main treatment approaches should be physical medicine. Mark Conliffe, DO, at Commonwealth Musculoskeletal Medicine in Louisville, Kentucky, is an experienced physician who leads an exceptional physical medicine team. From osteopathic manual medicine to physical therapy and massage treatments, Commonwealth Musculoskeletal Medicine provides a comprehensive collection of treatments for patients with musculoskeletal conditions. Call the office today to find out more or contact us online.

Physical Medicine Q&A

What is physical medicine?

Physical medicine involves using non-surgical approaches to restoring health and function to patients who have musculoskeletal disorders.

Physical medicine can form the basis of your treatment for musculoskeletal pain and dysfunction, or it can be a part of a more general approach that involves using medication as well.

Commonwealth Musculoskeletal Medicine uses three key physical medicine approaches:

  • Osteopathic manual medicine
  • Physical therapy
  • Massage treatments 

The treatment program your provider creates for you might include one or a combination of these approaches, depending on your condition.

What is osteopathic manual medicine?

Osteopathic manual medicine involves using hands-on techniques to diagnose and treat injuries and illnesses. In some cases, osteopathic manual medicine also helps prevent injury and ill health.

Using osteopathic manual medicine, your provider at Commonwealth Musculoskeletal Medicine moves your muscles and joints with their hands. They use gentle pressure combined with a degree of resistance, as well as stretching movements.

These carefully applied treatments help relieve restrictions and misalignments in your joints, heal and strengthen muscles and other soft tissues, and increase blood flow to aid healing.

What is physical therapy?

Physical therapy uses specific exercises and movements to improve function, promote healing, and reduce pain. Your physical therapist at Commonwealth Musculoskeletal Medicine shows you how to do the exercises that will be of most benefit to you, and makes sure you can do them correctly.

Physical therapists often use gym equipment, or your therapy might involve using apparatus like exercise balls to help with balance and resistance bands to build up muscle strength. Physical therapists also use a range of technologies to deliver noninvasive treatments such as:

  • TENS (transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation)
  • Laser therapy
  • Therapeutic ultrasound

Hydrotherapy, which involves doing exercises in warm water, could also be one of the treatments in your physical medicine program.

What is massage therapy?

Massage treatments can ease stiff, knotted muscles and promote relaxation. Your massage therapist at Commonwealth Musculoskeletal Medicine is an expert in using therapeutic massage techniques as part of your physical medicine program. A variety of massage therapy options are available depending on your condition.

How is a physical medicine plan created?

The three approaches to physical medicine – osteopathic manual medicine, physical therapy, massage – all offer relief from pain and help to resolve the cause of musculoskeletal conditions. 

Your provider at Commonwealth Musculoskeletal Medicine adjusts your physical medicine program depending on how well you respond to your therapy and the stage of your recovery.

For example, you might start with osteopathic manual medicine to realign structures, followed by physical therapy to help the newly aligned structures and surrounding tissues to heal correctly.

Find out more about the way that physical medicine can help with your musculoskeletal problems by calling Commonwealth Musculoskeletal Medicine today or contact us using the online form.