Our Services

Musculoskeletal (MSK) Therapy

Our Musculoskeletal (MSK) Therapy team assesses, diagnoses and treats patients who have problems related to pain, stiffness, weakness or problems with movement and walking.

We support patients to manage their condition themselves and to make any necessary lifestyle changes.

We also guide patients on how to prevent avoidable musculoskeletal disease and manage longer term conditions.

Physiotherapy can help you avoid injuries, keep you fit enough to work, and help you to stay mobile and independent.

Our physiotherapists aim is to help restore movement and function when someone is affected by injury, illness or disability. It can also be used to help manage pain and reduce risk of injury in the future.

Physiotherapists use different treatment options and preventative approaches, depending on the specific problems you’re experiencing. Your Physiotherapist will provide treatment options which are suitable specifically for you.

Your appointment

  • We accept referrals from GPs, Consultants and other healthcare professionals
  • You may have a telephone consultation initially to identify the best management plan for you
  • We offer a variety of appointment times between Monday – Friday
  • The physiotherapist will ask questions about your condition and discuss and agree the best treatment plan with you. This may involve a physical examination. Please bring a list of any medicines that you take.
  • If you have a back or lower limb problem e.g. knee or hip you may wish to bring shorts to change into. For a neck or upper limb problem e.g. shoulder, you may wish to wear a vest.

Our Musculoskeletal (MSK) Biomechanics team assess, diagnose and treat patients who have problems related to their feet, ankles, knees, hips, lower back or gait (which is the way a person walks or runs).

These types of problems can often be helped by the use of orthoses (insoles) which can be provided by our team if necessary.

Our staff are highly skilled at prescribing, manufacturing, fitting and reviewing a variety of specialised foot orthoses (insoles). These range from simple insoles to more complex, specially manufactured insoles and footwear adaptations.

We can also provide cast therapy if necessary to help treat a condition. This involves the use of a splint at night or when you are resting, to protect and immobilise the body part affected.

Our specialist unit has one of only a few computer-aided design and manufacturing systems for orthotics in the country and it was the first within the NHS to be used for patient treatment.

Your appointment

  • We accept referrals from GPs, consultants and other healthcare professionals
  • We offer a variety of appointment times between Monday – Friday
  • We have introduced a one-stop-shop approach to the assessment and provision of orthoses so that in most cases a patient’s first appointment will include both a full assessment and fitting of orthoses
  • The only time orthoses aren’t provided at the first appointment is when more complex, casted devices are required.

Our Occupational Therapists work with patients who have been referred to the musculoskeletal (MSK) or rheumatology services to promote health, prevent disability, and develop or maintain abilities.

Occupational therapy builds the skills for the job of living and solves problems that interfere with people’s ability to do activities or occupations that are important to them.

We assess, diagnose and treat patients as necessary on an individual basis and they are encouraged to take ownership of their care and progress. We help by teaching people to learn new ways of doing things, adapt materials or equipment they use and make changes to their environment to enable them to maintain an independent and meaningful life.

We see all rheumatology patients who have problems with the use of their hands and for whom daily activities have become difficult.

Your appointment

  • We accept referrals from GPs, Consultants and other healthcare professionals
  • Once a referral is received patients can be seen within two weeks for either a clinic appointment or a home visit. You will usually be sent a letter with an appointment, but we may contact you by telephone if there are appointments available within a few days.
  • We offer a variety of appointment times between Monday – Friday.

Musculoskeletal conditions is a broad term for conditions affecting the muscles, joints and skeleton.

Please find below therapy videos demonstrating exercises to aid your recovery and important information for managing activities of daily living at home after knee or hip replacement surgery.

Please only practise these exercises if you have been advised to do so by your therapist.

Patient Information for Hip Replacement Surgery

Patient Information for Knee Replacement Surgery

Key contact numbers

Musculoskeletal (MSK) Therapy

Tel: 01204 462711

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