Musculoskeletal Conditions


The human body is nothing short of remarkable, thanks in large part to our bones and muscle, also called the musculoskeletal system.

Our skeleton, muscles and connective tissue allows us to stand, walk and perform countless complex movements. We have the capacity to move as gracefully as a ballerina, or as forcefully as a football player. That’s why musculoskeletal disorders can have such an impact on our ability to care for ourselves. When an illness or injury harms our mobility, it also threatens our independence.


If low back pain makes it hard to work or arthritis prevents you from driving, it may be time to talk to a doctor who specializes in musculoskeletal conditions.

Understanding the Musculoskeletal System

Your musculoskeletal system protects your organs, supports your body and allows you to move. It includes:

  • The 206 bones that make up your skeleton
  • More than 600 muscles. Your muscles help you perform voluntary movements like typing and throwing. They are also responsible for involuntary activities like breathing and blinking
  • Tendons, a type of tissue that attaches your muscles to your bones
  • Ligaments, the connective tissue that attaches bones to other bones
  • Joints, the places in your body where two bones connect and allow specialized movement (such as bending or turning)
  • Cartilage, a rubbery tissue. It covers the ends of many bones, allowing them to glide against each other

Musculoskeletal Care at Mercy

At Mercy, we believe your age shouldn’t hold you back – and neither should pain. Our orthopedic physicians have the skills and experience necessary to help people of all ages to overcome musculoskeletal disorders. Our areas of expertise include:

Don’t let pain or other problems prevent you from living life to the fullest. Talk to your Mercy orthopedic physician about your treatment options. We’ll help restore your mobility, so you can reclaim your active, independent lifestyle.

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