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U-M Spotlights New Center, Aims to Meet Increasing Need for Musculoskeletal Care

The University of Michigan (U-M) Health System reports that it will be offering patients innovative approaches to care through its new Comprehensive Musculoskeletal Center to meet the anticipated growing need for bone, muscle, joint, and spine care.

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A news release issued by the U-M Health System states that the Musculoskeletal Center unites more than 250 recognized physicians from 10 specialties across the U-M Medical School under “one umbrella.” Care teams will offer services at 50 different clinics located throughout Ann Arbor and Southeast Michigan with specialties ranging from rehabilitation after a sports injury to managing pain from arthritis or a back condition.

According to the release, the new U-M brand will have a presence at the Northville Health Center, which is the U-M Health System’s newest facility opening July 15. The Comprehensive Musculoskeletal Center at Northville will provide care linked to arthritis, spine disease, pain management, sports medicine, and fracture care. The services will also continue to be offered at 21 other health system facilities across nine communities in Southeastern Michigan, the release says.

James Carpenter, MD, chair of the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery at the U-M Medical School and chair of the Comprehensive Musculoskeletal Center, explains that the center embodies, “a new approach to more effectively and efficiently serve patients with musculoskeletal programs in our healthcare system…Our Comprehensive Musculoskeletal Center will allow providers with expertise in different areas to work together in a more seamless manner that enhances care and treatment.”

Edward Hurvitz, MD, chair of the department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at the U-M Medical School and vice-chair of the Comprehensive Musculoskeletal Center, adds “We know that more patients expect and desire to lead an active lifestyle later in life and into retirement. Our goal is to provide a robust model of care that helps people maintain physical function so that they can stay healthy and independent as long as possible.”

The release notes that the center is also intended to strengthen connections among experts across the health system and bring diagnostic and therapeutic services together, allowing for a wide range of treatment options. Services range from advanced therapies to minimally invasive surgery, featuring a variety of devices from ultrasounds to MRIs managed within the center’s facilities.

The patient services that will reportedly be offered include physical medicine and rehabilitation, orthopedic surgery, family medicine, emergency medicine, and internal medicine (Geriatric medicine, Geriatrics, Rheumatology).

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Source: U-M Health System