Injury Recovery Through Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy
What is the meaning of MSK? MSK (Musculoskeletal) refers to a range of signs and symptoms related to the bones, joints, muscles, tendons, ligaments, and other structures that comprise the musculoskeletal system. The musculoskeletal system provides support, stability, and movement to the body.
What is musculoskeletal physiotherapy? Also referred to as MSK physiothapy, it is a form of physical therapy that can improve mobility, range of motion, strength, and overall physical function - pre and post-injury.
MSK symptoms and disorders are broad, but common injury sites include the lower back, neck, shoulder, joints, and tendons.
MSK physiotherapy offers a comprehensive approach to injury recovery, incorporating a variety of manual and exercise-based treatments.
What is the difference between physiotherapy and musculoskeletal physiotherapy? Physiotherapy is a broad term with several specialisms - Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy is one of them. MSK physio uses movement and function but adopts a more hands-on approach.
Depending on your injury, a treatment plan may include manual therapy, exercise therapy Pilates, hydrotherapy, shockwave therapy and acupuncture. With the help of an experienced MSK physiotherapist, those who have musculoskeletal disorders can find relief and enjoy a better quality of life.
What does a musculoskeletal physio do? The goal of an MSK physiotherapist is to use a combination of manual therapy, strength and conditioning and education to restore as much of your original level of movement and function as possible. Our physios provide the support you need to return to your daily activities with less pain and more independence.
Why would I be referred to MSK therapy? Through manual therapy, strength and conditioning, and education, our MSK physiotherapists can empower you to take control of your health and improve your overall well-being.
What can I expect from my MSK physiotherapist appointment? An initial MSK physiotherapy appointment lasts approximately 45 minutes. During this time, an MSK physio will assess you to determine whether the pain and/or limitations you are experiencing are musculoskeletal.
As part of this initial assessment, a detailed past medical history will be taken - including old injuries and any health conditions that may contribute to your current issue and healing.
A movement and function assessment will identify any areas above and below the problematic area contributing to your pain. Initial hands-on treatment will help improve movement and blood flow in the area of pain, allowing for more freedom of movement.
An exercise-focused regime may be prescribed to follow at home for long-term improvements. This will be accompanied by comprehensive information and advice during your rehab journey.
With the help of our experienced physiotherapist, you can address musculoskeletal disorders and enjoy a better quality of life. Book an assessment today!