What is an MSK Physiotherapist?

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).

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