The Institute was formed on 5 December l992 by an amalgamation of the British Association of Manipulative Medicine and the Institute of Orthopaedic Medicine.
These two organisations, both originally started by James Cyriax in the 60`s, were both charities and had been working in parallel to promote interest in musculoskeletal medicine. In recognition of this the Councils brought the memberships together.
The long-term aims of the Institute are to:
Promote education and research in the science and art of musculoskeletal medicine for the ultimate benefit of the public.
Disseminate knowledge about musculoskeletal medicine among the medical profession.
Stimulate and encourage clinical research.
Co-ordinate efforts to increase the teaching of this speciality within the established educational structure.
Promote the speciality within the NHS.
For these aims members have been instrumental in encouraging a Diploma in Musculoskeletal Medicine to be set up by the Society of Apothecaries of London, supported by a full syllabus and accreditation criteria. There are regular courses run through the Institute and various other related bodies. Our general meetings and symposia are usually accompanied by workshops or courses.
B.I.M.M. is interested in all forms of musculoskeletal medicine; sports medicine, osteopathic treatment, other types of manipulation, injection techniques and the use of physiotherapy and allied techniques. A large part of the work load for most members is back pain, but all forms of muscle and joint injury and pain are dealt with regularly. The techniques taught by the Institute are of use to all doctors especially in General Practice, Orthopaedics, Rheumatology and Pain Clinics. Membership of the Institute is restricted to registered medical practitioners.
B.I.M.M. cooperates closely with the Society of Orthopaedic Medicine (SOM) which, in addition to medical members, has a strong physiotherapist membership. We jointly run a Winter Symposium in London, and publish, in association with the American Association of Orthopaedic Medicine and the Dutch Federation of Manual Medicine, the Journal of Orthopaedic medicine.