Dr Osnat Wende

I am a senior pain physician in Hadassah Ein Kerem Hospital Jerusalem also and lead the musculoskeletal field in the pain unit.

I graduated in medicine from Melbourne University, Australia, 1982. In 1985, my husband and I immigrated to Israel, I completed a specialization in family medicine, and worked as a family practitioner for a total of 27 years.

Parallel to working in family medicine, I studied and then taught Musculoskeletal (MSK) medicine since the year 1994. I founded the Israeli Society of Musculoskeletal Medicine (ISMM) in the year 2000. I ran a Back and Neck clinic in the Clalit Health Services for almost 10 years starting in 1996, and then a pain clinic (Maccabi health fund) in Ashdod and Jerusalem starting in 2009, both of which focused on the treatment of musculoskeletal pain.

I have been working in the Hadassah Ein Kerem Pain Unit since the year 2010 and I regard Hadassah pain unit as my home. I am involved in teaching pain and MSK medicine to the anaesthesia and pain residents in training as well as to medical students.

In order to develop a field of medicine in Israel, one has to be constantly on the ball, learning and applying new techniques. I truly believe that within a couple of decades, regenerative injection therapies (which includes prolotherapy, PRP and stem cell injection) will be the state of the art for the treatment of MSK disorders, by and large, leaving cortisone injections behind.

My current career aims are:

  • To teach MSK medicine to the next generation
  • To do research in the field of MSK medicine
  • To develop the field of MSK medicine
  • To bring these teachings to the various pain units as well as to faculties of medicine

The secret to success in treating MSK problems is to be methodical in assessment as well as in treatment! In order to reap successful results, one cannot just treat the painful part of the body but also dysfunctional neighboring parts. If there are any asymmetries or movement disorders, these must be addressed as well.