Canadian Association of
Association Canadienne de Médecine Orthopédique
1985, our organization represents doctors (MD's and DO's) who have a
special interest in the practice of Orthopaedic Medicine. We would like
to see it gain broader acceptance in conventional medical circles, and
be more widely available to the public.
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- To improve medical standards in diagnosis
and treatment of patients with musculoskeletal disorders.
- To encourage teaching of orthopaedic
medicine in medical school, undergraduate and postgraduate curricula.
- To represent and protect the interest of
orthopaedic physicians in matters pertaining to practice.
- To encourage research in orthopaedic
Orthopaedic Medicine is not Orthopaedic Surgery.
You might say it is everything but. Orthopaedic Medicine encompasses
virtually any therapeutic modality intended to help problems with the
structural framework of the human body - the bones, soft tissue, and
the joints. ("Soft Tissue", while softer than bone, is nonetheless very
strong. Soft tissue includes ligaments, tendons, muscles and fascia).
Orthopaedic dysfunction accounts for the majority of pain complaints
and disability, as well as other health problems. Orthopaedic Medicine
involves medical management of such conditions by any and every means
available, short of surgery. Certainly surgery when necessary, but not
necessarily surgery, one might say.
- What is Orthopaedic Medicine?
Orthopaedic Medicine covers a wide-ranging
(and growing) array of diagnostic and therapeutic skills. Some are
practiced by other health care practitioners, such as chiropractors,
osteopaths, physiotherapists, massage therapists, and acupuncturists.
Some can only be performed by
an MD or DO. For example, there are many, many schools and techniques
manipulation. Chiropractic is perhaps the best known. However,
which originated over a hundred years ago, about the same time as
also offers a comprehensive approach to manual medicine, yet is quite
in many ways. In the USA, where it originated, graduates are as fully
qualified as MD's, and in addition have training in Osteopathic
Treatment. In other countries, the emphasis is exclusively on the
skills, and while they turn out highly skilled manipulators and
they do not have training nor accreditation as physicians.
The CAOM would like MD's in our own country to
have available to them the knowledge and skills to treat their patients
with the techniques of manual medicine. While other practitioners do
make a wonderful contribution to the healing arts, we feel a physician
has the unique position - and responsibility - to fully utilize all the
diagnostic and therapeutic tools available, including the vast
resources of Western Medicine. Unless and until we are able to bring an
understanding of manual medicine back into mainstream medicine, Western
Medicine will sorely lack the comprehensiveness it asserts.
Low back pain and sciatica
- Some of the most common conditions we treat include.....
Neck pain and stiffness
Degenerative disk disease
Osteoarthritis (wear-and-tear arthritis) >|< knees, hips, ankles,
Manipulation - osteopathic, muscle energy, and many other approaches
- Methods of treatment include.......
here to go to our prolotherapy page)
Trigger Point injections
Caudal epidural blocks
Cranial osteopathy (aka craniosacral therapy)
Cyriax approach - diagnosis, injections, manipulation, friction massage
Cold Laser (aka Low Level Laser)
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AAOM - American
Association of Orthopaedic Medicine
AOAPRM - American
Osteopathic Association of Prolotherapy Regenerative Medicine
American Osteopathic Association
publication of the American Academy of Osteopathy
Rick Balharry, M.D.
- Canmore MediSpa and Laser Centre
Robert Banner, M.D.
Bertrand, M.D. - Prolotherapy Healing
Frobb, M.D. - Chronic Back Pain Clinic
Fred Hui, M.D.
Robert F. Kidd, M.D.
Ko, M.D. - Canadian Centre for Integrative Medicine
Michael Montbriand, M.D. - Pain
Jean-Paul Ouellette, M.D. & Erik
Ouellette, M.D. - Canadian Prolottherapy Center/Centre Canadien de
Continuing Medical Education opportunities in orthopaedic
University, College of Osteopathic Medicine, Office of Continuing
American Academy of
- Superb interactive human anatomy
CME in Prolotherapy -
Click on Workshops for
Architecture of Life - Cover article from January 1998
Scientific American. Scientific American no longer
maintains this article online, but you can find it in their archive and
download the PDF file from them for US$7.95.
It is very exciting to see
Tensegrity as a model of biological structure so well presented in this
article. Dr. Steve Levin has been talking about it since the
early 1980's in orthopaedic medicine circles, where it has been
recognized by many as a fundamental, perhaps unifying
concept. Visit his website, Biotensegrity, and
learn more about this concept.
" - 1991 - by
Tensegrity installation, Kansas City, MO
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