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Atlantic Wellness & Integrative Specialty Health Clinic

Integrative Medicine Physician & Wellness Specialist located in Germantown, MD & Sterling, VA

Musculoskeletal conditions are one of the top causes of pain and disability, often preventing you from staying active and diminishing your quality of life. As a specialist in integrative care and physical medicine and rehabilitation, Rosemarie Filart, MD, at Atlantic Wellness & Integrative Specialty Health Clinic, helps patients recover and achieve optimal wellness. Dr. Filart integrates the best therapies for your unique condition, choosing from conventional, functional, alternative, and physical medicine to create your customized treatment. To schedule an in-person or telemedicine appointment, call one of the offices in Germantown or Silver Spring, Maryland, or use the online booking system.


What are musculoskeletal conditions?

A musculoskeletal condition refers to any disease or injury that affects your muscles, bones, joints, and their supporting tissues. Examples of supporting tissues include ligaments, tendons, cartilage, and other connective tissues.

A few of the most common musculoskeletal conditions include:

  • Neck and back pain
  • Soft tissue injuries
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Tendinitis
  • Sprains and strains
  • Degenerative disc disease

These conditions often occur as a result of sports injuries, falls, and frequently repeating the same movement. As you get older, however, degenerative changes take place that lead to joint, neck, back, and shoulder pain. 

Degenerative changes include wear-and-tear that breaks down cartilage in joints and degenerative disc disease.

What type of musculoskeletal condition is Ehlers-Danlos syndrome (EDS)?

EDS refers to a group of inherited conditions. Each type of EDS occurs in a different part of your body, but they all affect collagen.

Collagen is the building block of connective tissues, bones, cartilage, skin, muscles, blood vessels, and virtually every part of the body that needs strength and support.

If you have EDS, your collagen may be too weak, or you may not produce enough. Many people with EDS have hypermobile joints (loose joints) and stretchy and fragile skin. As a result, they develop dislocated joints, soft tissue injuries, and bruise easily.

How are musculoskeletal conditions treated?

Our physician at Atlantic W.I.S.H. Clinic begins by evaluating your condition and diagnosing the specific cause of your pain as well as other contributing factors. 

In addition to comprehensive exams and consultations, the practice offers state-of-the-art ultrasound imaging to examine your musculoskeletal system for signs of injury, inflammation, and other painful problems. 

Except for an emergency like a complex fracture, musculoskeletal injuries are initially treated with conservative therapies. This means your care plan may include temporarily resting the injured area or modifying your activities to reduce stress and give the injury time to heal.

Pain management is another important part of our patients’ treatment. Atlantic W.I.S.H. Clinic specializes in non-narcotic pain management, using integrative, interventional, and functional options to safely relieve your pain, rather than narcotics.

Whether you have an injury, hypermobility, EDS, arthritis, or another degenerative condition, physical medicine and rehabilitation (PM&R) is an essential part of our patients’ treatment. 

Our physician specialist at Atlantic W.I.S.H. Clinic creates a customized plan that includes the exercises and training you need to restore strength, mobility, and function.

To fully restore health and wellness, Atlantic W.I.S.H. Clinic also offers nutritional therapy and alternative options such as acupuncture, cupping, microcurrent therapy, and energy medicine. 

We also teach mind-body techniques. Learning mindfulness meditation and/or participating in yoga, tai chi, or qigong promotes your whole-body health.

If you need expert care for a musculoskeletal condition, please call or book an appointment online today.