Maintaining musculoskeletal health begins with proper examinations. Dr. Nuwer provides accurate diagnosis of several conditions through comprehensive musculoskeletal exams. Palo Alto area patients can visit Dr. Nuwer at her offices in Bay Health Center.
Musculoskeletal Evaluations Q & A
What is musculoskeletal health?
The musculoskeletal system is comprised of muscles, tendons, ligaments, bones, and joints. These, along with associated tissues, allow the body to move and maintains a person’s structure and form. Discomfort within the muscle, bones, or tissues can be brought on by sudden incidents, accidents, or part of an ongoing condition. Keeping this system healthy is critical for general well-being and quality of life. Common musculoskeletal conditions include:
- Back and neck pain
- Inflammatory arthritis
- Muscle and bone injuries
- Crystal arthritis such as gout
- Osteoporosis and related fractures
What is involved in a comprehensive musculoskeletal exam?
The musculoskeletal exam is a brief screening of the musculoskeletal system used in routine clinical assessments. It has been shown to be highly effective at detecting significant abnormalities of the musculoskeletal system. The process involves a careful inspection of the body to determine any joint swelling or abnormal posture, as well as assessing the joints for normal movement. This screening examination is an assessment of the patient’s gait, arms, legs, and spine through various testing. The patient may be asked to walk, bend, flex, reach, or rotate for proper assessment of each area. The sequence in which these four elements are assessed can be varied.
How can I maintain my musculoskeletal health?
Positive lifestyle choices or changes can be the first step in dramatically improving musculoskeletal health. Providing the body with proper nutritional support can aid musculoskeletal health by focusing on and addressing the factors involved in providing targeted nutrition to a specific disease, such as chronic inflammation or for joints affected by arthritis. Regular exercise will also help to improve flexibility and strength in the structural anatomy of the musculoskeletal system. At Bay Health Center Chiropractic care is combined with comprehensive musculoskeletal exams, nutrition counseling, and corrective exercises to help maintain overall health and wellbeing.