Musculoskeletal Medicine

What We Treat

  • Joints– knees, shoulders, ankles, elbows and hip pain, stiffness and injuries
  • Spine – neck, middle & lower back pain, stiffness and injuries
  • Sports – stay in the game, healthy aging athlete, rapid recovery, training strategies
  • Arthritis care
  • Effective and opioid free pain management
  • Osteoporosis intervention
  • Start and return to exercise strategies
musculoskeletal medicine

How We Treat

Frederick T. Sutter, MD is a board certified specialist in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, also known as a Physiatrist.  Dr. Sutter uses a non-surgical orthopedic medicine approach to treat orthopedic conditions and injuries. His philosophy provides a unique integration of traditional musculoskeletal medicine, advanced injection techniques and Lifestyle Medicine to safely guide his patients to true healing, lasting good health, and higher levels of fitness.

Dr. Sutter utilizes a comprehensive examination and patient history to identify and inject painful muscles, tendons and joints.  The injections are typically performed with a dilute anesthetic (no cortisone). By pinpointing pain generating areas and treating associated muscular patterns, pain relief is obtained, and function is restored through sessions of injections in combination with rehabilitation therapies.


Minimally Invasive Procedures

  • Trigger Point
  • Joint: Intra-articular as well as supporting ligamentous structures
  • Tendon sheath
  • Ligament
  • Muscle attachment
  • Nerve Block

Non-Surgical Orthopedic Medicine Modalities

  • Physical Therapy
  • Prescription Medications
  • Care coordination with other specialties such as osteopathy, orthopedics, rheumatology, chiropractic, naturopathy and acupuncture


Lifestyle Medicine Interventions

  • Nutrition Programs and Individualized Coaching
  • Physician Nutrients® targeted pharmaceutical grade supplements
  • Exercise Prescription and Coaching

What is a Trigger Point

Myofascial Trigger Point:  A hyperirritable spot, usually within a taut band of skeletal muscle or in the muscle’s fascia that is painful on compression and that can give rise to characteristic referred pain, tenderness, and autonomic phenomena.  

     –Travell, M.D., Janet G. and David G. Simmons, M.D.  Myofascial Pain and Dysfunction The Trigger Point Manual.  Baltimore: Williams & Wilkins, 1983.  

What is a Physiatrist

  • Board certified medical physicians with specialized training in nerve, muscle and bone injuries and illnesses.
  • Experts at diagnosing and treating pain related to many different conditions.
  • Physicians trained to focus on restoring maximum function lost through injury, illness or disabling conditions without the use of surgery.
  • Physicians who treat the whole person, not just the problem area by taking the time needed to accurately pinpoint the source of an ailment and who approach the problem in the context of the whole person.
  • Leaders of the team of medical professionals often coordinating care with other physicians and health professionals such as, neurologists, orthopedic surgeons and physical therapists.
  • Specialists in creating and implementing a treatment plan of non-surgical treatments to treat complex medical problems and includes prevention strategies.
  • Skilled practitioners in explaining your medical problems and treatment plans.