Service description

The Musculoskeletal (MSK) Therapy service aims to improve movement and restore function. Our staff are specialists in examination, treatment and management for people with musculoskeletal problems. The MSK therapy service is available in community hospitals, health centres and several GP practices across Leicestershire. All our physiotherapists and occupational therapists are qualified and registered with the Health Care Professions Council. This service does not provide rehabilitation of: neurological conditions (i.e. stroke/Parkinson’s Disease), breathing problems (i.e. asthma or COPD), children (under 16 years), or people who are unable to attend a clinic and need treatment in their own homes.

What does MSK mean?

MSK stands for ‘musculoskeletal’. This means we will help you with problems related to your bones, and soft tissues (i.e. ligaments/muscles) which affect your ability to move and function as usual. These problems may have happened due to injury, operation or age, and may include neck/back pain, sprains/strains, overuse injuries, arthritis etc.

The MSK therapy service is available in some community hospitals, health centres and several GP practices across Leicestershire and Rutland. You are able to receive your treatment at any one of the main sites shown irrespective of your home address or GP surgery. If you would prefer a location closer to your workplace, for example, please ask our booking staff when we contact you to arrange your first appointment. We do ask, however, that you remain at the same site throughout your course of treatment. You will not be able to change sites once your treatment has started.

What is physiotherapy/occupational therapy?
The MSK Therapy Service primarily delivers physiotherapy, but also provides a small occupational therapy component. Physiotherapy helps to restore your ability to move and function as normal. This is achieved by helping you understand your condition and teaching you correct ways of moving, and/or exercises. Your physiotherapist will explain how you can manage your pain, help your own recovery and prevent the problem from coming back. Research shows that physical activity and exercise are important to help recovery.

Your physiotherapist may provide you with an exercise programme based on your health, ability and fitness. You will be encouraged to work on your physiotherapy programme at home, to get the most out of your treatment. Physiotherapy is about teaching you what YOU can do to help yourself to improve and stay healthy.

Referral criteria

Patient has a history of a fall(s), high risk/potential to fall or has a fear of falling.

Who to contact if you need an interpreter or information about disabled access

Please let us know you require an interpreter when we book your first appointment. Alternatively, please contact us on 0300 300 0046. Please give us a much notice as possible as it can be difficult to arrange for an interpreter to be present at short notice.

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