Musculoskeletal physiotherapy

19. July 2022

what you need to know about musculoskeletal physiotherapy treatment

Today, we’ll tell you everything you need to know about musculoskeletal physiotherapy.

But you may be thinking, why?

Musculoskeletal physiotherapy is the best way to treat pain, injuries and conditions affecting your muscles, joints, and soft tissue.

Basically, everything that makes us walk, talk, move and breathe!

The goal of this type of physiotherapy treatment is to relieve pain, restore function and improve quality of life. It can be used for a wide range of problems from arthritis to back pain.

So, read on to find out:

  • What musculoskeletal physiotherapy treatment is 

  • Do you need musculoskeletal physiotherapy?

  • The difference between musculoskeletal physiotherapy and physiotherapy treatment 

  • What MSK treatment can be used for

  • The benefits of musculoskeletal physiotherapy

  • How to book virtual MSK treatment

What is musculoskeletal physiotherapy treatment

Musculoskeletal physiotherapy is a treatment of musculoskeletal pain and dysfunction. 

It centres on tackling injuries, illnesses, or effects of disabilities that affect the muscles, bones, joints, and tendons.

Your physiotherapist will endeavour to help you, using various physiotherapy treatment approaches to:

  • Reduce pain

  • Improve range of motion

  • Strengthen muscles

  • Joint mobilisation

  • Soft tissue manipulation

Musculoskeletal treatment is often used in conjunction with other physiotherapy techniques and approaches to achieve optimal results. 

MSK treatment can help people with back pain, arthritis, muscle strains or spasms, fractures, sports injuries, and many other conditions, which we’ll discuss later. 

But how do you get musculoskeletal physiotherapy or know if you need it 

In our next section, we’ll show you exactly how to access the correct physiotherapy treatment and if MSK treatment is what you really require.

Do I need musculoskeletal physiotherapy?

If you suffer from pain or restriction in your muscles or joints, there’s a strong likelihood you’ll need physiotherapy treatment.

To decipher what type you’ll need and if musculoskeletal physiotherapy is required, there are usually three phases. 

  • Assessment phase: Your physiotherapist will need to take a thorough history of your symptoms and triggers, then examine your range of motion, and perform a neurological examination.

  • Diagnosis phase: After gathering information from the assessment phase, your physiotherapist will be able to diagnose your injury. They’ll educate you on your condition, talk through any concerns you have, and make recommendations for lifestyle adjustments and physiotherapy treatment.

Treatment phase: Here your physiotherapist may recommend musculoskeletal physiotherapy in use with a combination of methods such as:

  • manual therapy
  • manipulation
  • cryotherapy and heat therapy

  • electrotherapy
  • ultrasound

What’s the difference between musculoskeletal physiotherapy and physiotherapy treatment

Many don’t know there’s a difference, but there is!

Although physiotherapy treatment and MSK treatment are similar and use movement and function as their basis. 

 Musculoskeletal physiotherapy is a specialised area of physiotherapy that uses an increased hand-on approach to assist with a wide range of issues (including sports-related injuries) in targeted areas.

This treatment is a practical and goal-oriented approach to the management of pain, mobility, and restoration in those with disorders or injuries within the musculoskeletal system.

Physiotherapy treatment is a holistic approach to restoring function and movement to the body, using varied and specialised techniques, approaches and aids.

What MSK treatment can be used for

For your body to function properly, your joints and connective tissues need to be able to move freely.

MSK treatment targets the muscles, joints, tendons, and soft tissue in your body.

It can be used to improve a variety of ailments, such as:

  • Pain in the back, neck, shoulder, or hip

  • Joint stiffness

  • Muscle strains, weakness, and spasm

  • Ligament sprain

  • Plantar fasciitis

  • Injury rehabilitation

  • Pre and post-operative rehabilitation

  • Arthritis

  • Osteoporosis

  • Tendinitis

  • Repetitive strain injury

  • Sports injury

  • Work-related injury

 Musculoskeletal physiotherapy treatment focuses on restoring function and reducing symptoms such as pain and stiffness. 

What are the benefits of musculoskeletal physiotherapy

The goal of musculoskeletal treatment is to improve mobility, reduce inflammation, loosen tight muscles around the joint, promote healing of injured tissues, and prevent future injury from occurring in that area of the body again.

With this process, musculoskeletal physiotherapy produces many benefits.

  • Reduces pain
  • Quicker recovery
  • Improve fitness
  • Enhance muscle strength
  • Increase flexibility
  • Refine coordination

 Many people who have experienced MSK treatment have seen improvements in their condition as well as an improvement in their quality of life.

musculoskeletal physiotherapy can also benefit 

  • Aiding to avoid surgery

  • Improving movement patterns

  • Promote better balance to prevent falls

Through targeted techniques and approaches plus a personalised treatment plan. We use musculoskeletal physiotherapy to achieve the highest level of mobility, independence, and well-being. 

MSK treatment via virtual consultation

If you’re experiencing any of the symptoms or ailments described above, our musculoskeletal treatment experts, are ready and waiting to serve you.

For your convenience, book an online consultation. This can be conducted at a time that suits you and from the comfort of your own surroundings.

Using their extensive knowledge and training, CK Physio’s therapists will be able to provide,   assessment, diagnosis, plus prevention and management of musculoskeletal injuries and disorders.

Get in touch today to get rid of joint and muscle pain once and for all with musculoskeletal physiotherapy.

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