Musculoskeletal pain medicine is defined, in the first instance, by the types of patients that seek and benefit from its services. These are patients with pain problems that are not embraced by classical pathological rubrics, such as rheumatoid arthritis.
The specialty is defined more by the nature of services required by these patients, and provided by Fellows in Musculoskeletal Medicine. These include:
These practices require attitudes and commitments that general practitioners cannot afford when faced with responsibilities in other disciplines. They require a depth of study, and the ability to keep up with new literature, that general practitioners cannot aspire to, or choose not to.
Musculoskeletal pain medicine provides care for particular types of patient and their particular needs, that is not adequately provided by any other discipline.