The Irish Society of Orthopaedic and Rheumatological Medicine (ISORM) aims to promote the principles and practice underlying the Cyriax approach to the diagnosis and non-surgical treatment of Musculoskeletal disorders.This will be done in the context of appreciating and using the contemporary developments in the field of Musculoskeletal Medicine in general with particular focus on the relevant areas of Rheumatology, Radiology, Orthopaedics and Physiotherapy.

Orthopedist examining patient in clinic


The Irish Society of Orthopaedic Medicine (ISOM) was established in 1978 to promote the valuable teaching of Dr James Cyriax and to make it available on a pro bono basis to Irish therapists in Ireland. Dr Cyriax, a Consultant in Rheumatology in St Thomas Hospital in London in 1929 coined the term ‘Orthopaedic Medicine’ for a system of clinical examination of the soft tissues at a time when there was no satisfactory and replicable methodology in examination and diagnosis. The guiding principles underlying his approach to soft tissue lesions were:
– all pain has a source
– all treatment must reach the source
– all treatment must provide benefit

Since the approach was formulated by Dr Cyriax, it has undergone constant development and re-appraisal in the light of contemporary research. It has also been shown to have been remarkably prescient, as illustrated by Mri etc findings.
A unique and beneficial aspect of course structure is that participating Doctors and Chartered Physiotherapists work together each discipline informing the other.

Due to the unstinting effort and sheer enthusiasm of a dedicated group of formally-qualified Cyriax teachers* (Fellows of the Society of Orthopaedic Medicine, FSOM) and voluntary Committee officials* over the past 35 years, over 300 Irish Doctors and Chartered Physiotherapists have qualified as Members of the Society of Orthopaedic Medicine (MSOM).
ISOM developed and delivered the Diploma in Musculoskeletal Medicine in RCSI in 2003 and for several years, delivered Musculoskeletal Modules in NUIG’s M.M.Sc programme.

In 2015, with the incorporation of Rheumatology and Radiology into its syllabus, the ISOM was dissolved and a new body, The Irish Society of Orthopaedic and Rheumatological Medicine (ISORM) was formed. As well as delivering its own courses for therapists who wish to develop Cyriax-based skills in examination and treatment, ISORM delivers university-level accredited courses with qualification by assessment in Orthopaedic and Rheumatological Medicine.
Find out more about 2017/18 ISORM courses

* Former and Current Teachers and Committee:
Aisling Brogan, Alan Moran, Amy Johnson, Angela O’Sullivan, Anne Blaney, Anne Bourton, Bill Stokes, Brendan O’Brien, Brigid Farrell, Christy O’Rourke, Claire Lemass, Edel Walker, Frank Foley, Gayel Farrell, Gerry Keenan, Joan Oakes, Josephine Fagan, Josephine Mannion, Joy Varghese, Kandan Loganathan, Mary Archer, Mary O’Connor, Maureen McCullough, Michael O’Doherty, Paddy O’Kelly, Paul Sandys, Pierce Molony, Rod McLaughlin, Roisin Scallan, Rosie Quinn, Ruth Kelly, Shirley Foley, Siobhan Treacy, Thelma Murphy, Tom Nolan, Tony Spain, Vivian Brennan