Southern New Hampshire Health Opening State’s First Hospital-Affiliated Neuromusculoskeletal Medicine Practice!


Southern New Hampshire Health is pleased to announce that it is opening the state’s first hospital-affiliated neuromusculoskeletal medicine practice. Musculoskeletal Medicine at Merrimack Medical Center is opening in mid-September. Board-certified neuromusculoskeletal medicine specialist James Sullivan, DO, is an expert in identifying the cause of and resolving pain and discomfort.

Neuromusculoskeletal medicine is a specialty that incorporates clinical knowledge based on sports medicine, orthopedics, and some neurosurgery. “I can articulate intelligently to any of those specialties. I can do anything a physician may do with regards to pharmaceuticals, injections, and imaging; but the crowning glory of my specialty is osteopathic manipulation,” Dr. Sullivan explains.

Osteopathic manipulation is a whole system of evaluation and treatment designed to achieve and maintain health by restoring normal function to the entire body. Osteopathic manipulation can be used to treat a broad range of conditions anywhere bones come together and make a joint.

Dr. Sullivan elaborates, “Headache conditions, colicky babies, TMJ, plantar fasciitis, and the obvious neck and back pain can all be improved through osteopathic manipulation. Neuromusculoskeletal medicine brings a fresh perspective to everything.”

Dr. Sullivan also uses trigger point injection, exercise prescription, and joint injection to accomplish a treatment endpoint.

Patients must be referred to Musculoskeletal Medicine at Merrimack Medical Center regardless of whether they come from within the health system or not. Dr. Sullivan says it’s necessary because of how rare his specialty is.

“Having the opportunity to stand up a brand-new specialty was a life-goal of mine. My specialty is something I am truly passionate about, and I strive to be the best there is at what I do,” he says about his new endeavor.