Musculoskeletal Dysfunction Specialist

Family Medicine in Riverview, MI

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Musculoskeletal Dysfunction services offered in Riverview MI

From texting to running, your mobility depends on the structure and function of your musculoskeletal system. Musculoskeletal dysfunction may affect mobility, leading to a disability that affects the quality of life. At MedHealth in Riverview, Michigan, Rodney Poling, DO, specializes in diagnosing and treating musculoskeletal dysfunction. Call the office or schedule an appointment online today.

Musculoskeletal Dysfunction Q & A

What is the musculoskeletal system?

The musculoskeletal system includes your bones, joints, muscles, ligaments, cartilage, and tendons. These body parts all work together to move your body.

Unfortunately, the structure and function of your musculoskeletal system puts it at risk of injuries and disease that causes musculoskeletal dysfunction.

What is musculoskeletal dysfunction?

Musculoskeletal dysfunction is common and it refers to injuries or diseases that affect any of the components that make up your musculoskeletal system.  Though many musculoskeletal injuries heal over time, some conditions that affect your bones, muscles, joints, or connective tissue are chronic.

Examples of musculoskeletal dysfunction conditions include:

  • Arthritis
  • Osteoporosis
  • Neck or back pain
  • Autoimmune diseases

Conditions like arthritis, osteoporosis, and neck or back pain conditions may cause chronic discomfort that limit your mobility and affect your quality of life. 

An autoimmune disease is when your immune system mistakenly attacks your own body. Rheumatoid arthritis and lupus are autoimmune diseases that affect the musculoskeletal system. These conditions may cause joint inflammation and pain.

What happens during a musculoskeletal dysfunction evaluation?

You can expect a comprehensive patient-centered exam when you visit MedHealth with concerns about musculoskeletal dysfunction. Dr. Poling takes a holistic approach to care and focuses on your whole health and not your symptoms or disease.

Dr. Poling reviews your symptoms and how they affect your daily life. He also asks about your medical history and performs a physical exam. To confirm or rule out the underlying cause of your musculoskeletal dysfunction, Dr. Poling may run blood work or request imaging tests, such as an X-ray or MRI.

How is musculoskeletal dysfunction treated?

Treatment for your musculoskeletal dysfunction depends on the cause, severity of symptoms, and medical history. Dr. Poling works closely with you, designing a plan that eases your pain and improves function.

Your plan may include:

  • Osteopathic manipulation to improve joint mobility and function
  • Physical therapy
  • Activity modification
  • Diet modification
  • Weight loss
  • Stress management

When Dr. Poling’s medical interventions fail to improve your musculoskeletal dysfunction, he may refer you to an orthopedic specialist for a surgical evaluation.

Don’t let your aches and pains limit your life. Call MedHealth or schedule a musculoskeletal dysfunction consultation online today.

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