Musculoskeletal physiotherapy is a specialist physical therapy treatment for patients who are exhibiting the symptoms of a musculoskeletal disorder or who are undergoing treatment for a musculoskeletal disorder. Musculoskeletal physiotherapy aims to help the patient recover from their condition more quickly through regular treatment sessions and to develop coping strategies to aid the patient during the recovery process and prevent secondary problems from occurring. Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy involves the treatment of disorders that affect how you move – how your muscles and joints work together. Whether it’s your feet, ankles and legs, your hands, arms, and shoulders, or your backs and necks an injury that makes it painful or difficult to move can have a big impact on your life.
How Does It Work?
Treatment is tailored to the individual based on their initial assessment. Exercise plans and advice are routinely given following treatment and the number of treatments will vary depending on the patient’s progress in recovery. Musculoskeletal physiotherapists are specialists in assessing and treating patients with musculoskeletal disorders such as tendonitis or carpal tunnel syndrome. Musculoskeletal physiotherapists have advanced training in treatments and techniques specifically applicable to musculoskeletal disorders. Most musculoskeletal physiotherapists find their patients suffer specifically from muscle and joint problems, often causing pain in the back and neck. Some treatment options can include:
Musculoskeletal conditions are typically characterized by pain (often persistent) and limitations in mobility, dexterity, and functional ability, reducing people’s ability to work and participate in social roles with associated impacts on mental wellbeing, and at a broader level impacts on the prosperity of communities. The most common and disabling musculoskeletal conditions are osteoarthritis, back and neck pain, fractures associated with bone fragility, injuries, and systemic inflammatory conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis Conditions treated by musculoskeletal physiotherapy include: