What is an MSK Physiotherapist?

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May 24, 2022
What is an MSK Physiotherapist?

A Musculoskeletal (MSK) Physiotherapist is a health professional who completes specialist training in the diagnosis / treatment of musculoskeletal conditions. This type of physiotherapy helps patients to become more active and mobile in daily life; helping them to regain movement, usually after an injury.

We’re very excited to have a new MSK Physiotherapy job on the Migrate platform, based in Glasgow! You can check it out here.

What Problems Does a MSK Physiotherapist Treat?

They support people with problems affecting the spine, muscles, joints, bones, tendons, nerves, and ligaments, which may have been caused from a recent injury such as a sprained ankle, or knee replacement surgery. Patients can access MSK physiotherapy treatment with a referral from a healthcare professional.

The main goal of a MSK Physiotherapist is to collaborate with, and support patients to manage their ailments and injuries so that they can live independent lives whenever possible. They are based in a variety of health centres and hospital outpatient departments across the UK.

Some of the Ways MSK Physiotherapists Can Help

MSK Physiotherapists help their patients in a wide variety of ways, including:

• Working out what their problems are, diagnosing them, and working on a plan to making things more manageable for the future

• Referring patients to other services as/when appropriate

• Providing advice on daily living, and how to manage injuries whilst at work

• Advising on how to cope with a long-term health condition, and ways to prevent flair-ups in the future

• Correcting muscle weakness

• Managing pain

• Improving movement and balance, with specific exercises

As well as individual, one-to-one support, MSK Physiotherapists also provide group exercise classes for lower limb and shoulder conditions (e.g., Pilates).

We’re very excited to have a new MSK Physiotherapy job on the Migrate platform, based in Glasgow! You can check it out here.


To find out more about the role and to apply for it, you can download the Migrate app – download for Android or download for iOS.

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