The orthopedic medical specialty of Dr. Peter Mulhern owes its origins to physicians’ experiences working with wounded and injured patients in war. From the Middle Ages, those providing treatment to soldiers in the field have experimented with different treatments for musculoskeletal injuries. The derivation of the word orthopedic, the Greek ortho for straight and pais for child, is a direct reference to the emphasis on treating the bone and skeletal deformities of children. One of the earliest treatments for children was braces, an attempt to make the child straight.
Orthopedics sports medicine, practiced by Dr. Peter Mulhern at the Sports Medicine North Orthopedic Surgery Inc. facility in Lynnfield, Massachusetts early in his career, attempts to investigate, preserve and restore the structures of the musculoskeletal system affected by athletic activity and movement, through surgical, rehabilitative and medical means. The orthopedic sports medicine specialist has become vital to the continued health and competitiveness of athletes on levels ranging from youth to high school, collegiate, recreational and professional play. With their professional knowledge of soft tissue biomechanics, orthopaedic specialists are uniquely qualified to undertake the repair and healing of injuries as well as propose and implement treatment options which range from surgery to exterior devices, application of prescriptive analgesics or orthotic devices and tissue manipulation protocols.
Dr. Peter Mulhern, an orthopedic surgeon, works with other health care professionals in athletic team dynamics, like athletic trainers, physical therapists and physicians from other fields, to return the competitive athlete to top shape quickly and efficiently.
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