The Irish Institute of Orthopaedic Surgeons was formed in 1972. Its functions included determining the need for new orthopaedic appointments, involvement in the replacement of those retiring, and a commitment to develop a training program in line with that being established in the UK under the auspices of the Specialist Advisory Committee (SAC) of the Joint Committee of the Royal Colleges of Surgeons.
An outpatient musculoskeletal service is provided for patients with injuries or disorders involving soft tissues, bones and joints including back pain, sports injuries and spinal injuries. All patients are individually assessed and therapy is provided on an individual basis or in a class setting, as deemed appropriate. Treatment options include manual therapy, exercise, advice and education. Typically patients will be given an exercise programme to do at home between physiotherapy appointments.
A Clinical Specialist Physiotherapist also provides an MSK triage service at Orthopaedic Consultant led clinics.