What Is A Musculoskeletal Physiotherapist?

Musculoskeletal Physiotherapists are experts in the treatments of musculoskeletal (muscle and joint) conditions. Musculoskeletal physiotherapy uses advanced assessment techniques to diagnose conditions. Most GPs and medical practices will have a physiotherapist on site who will specialise in musculoskeletal conditions. Having musculoskeletal physiotherapy carried out can help relieve pain, stiffness, weakness and a range of other symptoms.

What Are Musculoskeletal Conditions?

Musculoskeletal conditions include problems with muscles, joints, tendons, nerves, discs and bones. These can be in any part of the body such as the back, neck, elbow, shoulders, hands and a number of other places in the body. Some of the most common medically diagnosed musculoskeletal conditions are arthritis and sport injuries.

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How Can Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy Help?

Musculoskeletal physiotherapy can help treat a number of conditions which can relieve a number of things such as:

  • Reducing pain
  • Helping you to recover much quicker
  • Total relief of pain
  • Effective method to help manage your condition in the best possible way
  • Improving your fitness level
  • Helping to prevent injuries from reoccurring

What’s Involved In Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy?


During the assessment the musculoskeletal physiotherapist will listen to you to understand your concerns and the problems you’re suffering from. This will involves discussing everything from how it might of happened, what might be causing it and how it’s currently affecting your life.


The next stage is a musculoskeletal examination. This will involve examining the area and carrying out a number of techniques, to form an opinion and diagnosis on your condition. All findings will be discussed with you and how the condition can be treated.

Advice and Information:

Advice and information will be offered about your condition and how you can improve and manage the condition yourself. This will help you to decide on how you want to proceed with treating the condition.

Treatment Options:

The treatment options that are available will be discussed with you and a decision will be made on the best possible treatment for your condition. The musculoskeletal treatment plan will be tailored around you own requirements and capabilities to ensure it’s the most effective.

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When you attend a musculoskeletal physiotherapy session they’ll be a number of exercises and treatments carried out. Some of the things that are typically carried out during a physiotherapy session are:

  • Exercises to strengthen and stretch a number of things such as posture, core stability, muscles and joints
  • Massage and muscle manipulation to remobilise the joints and muscles
  • Relaxation strategies and techniques
  • Hot Tub Hydrotherapy (water based sessions)
  • Corticosteroid injections can be administered to help with joint and soft tissue problems
  • Custom made splints to help protect from further injury occurring

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What Can Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy Help With?

Musculoskeletal physiotherapy can be used to help with a number of muscle and joint conditions, some of which are:

  • Sport Injuries
  • Repetitive Strain Injuries
  • Arthritis
  • Post Orthopaedic Operations
  • Sacroiliac Joint Pain
  • Back Pain
  • Work Related Injuries

Musculoskeletal physiotherapy is designed to help with a number of condition and is still one of the most popular and common treatment methods used to help joints and muscles recover. Whether it’s an ongoing problem and you need to reduce pain or an injury where you want to speed up recovery time and reduce pain. Musculoskeletal physiotherapy contributes to patient recovery and improve quality of life in a number of ways.