Almost everyone will experience some sort of musculoskeletal pain at some point in their life. Whether it’s back pain, neck pain, or another type of ache, these problems can be debilitating for those who have them. Thankfully, there is a branch of physical therapy that specialises in helping people who deal with chronic or acute issues due to the way their musculoskeletal system works: Musculoskeletal physiotherapy. It includes different branches of physiotherapy, including orthopaedic physiotherapy, paediatric physiotherapy, and sports physiotherapy. Here’s what you need to know about this type of therapy and how our trained physiotherapists to help relieve chronic pain from your musculoskeletal system.
What does MSK Physiotherapy mean?
Clearcut Physio have a team of musculoskeletal physiotherapists who dedicate their expertise in MSK physiotherapy to those suffering from problems relating to –
Musculoskeletal therapy aims to give you back your independence by helping you restore your movement and function, it can also reduce the risk of further injury and prevent unnecessary wear and tear on joints and ligaments that are already damaged.
With a personally tailored rehabilitation plan, MSK physiotherapy can truly improve your quality of life.
Many patients who have completed an MSK rehabilitation program with Clearcut Physiotherapy have said they notice a reduction in hospital visits, and a reduction in medication costs as well as the overall benefits to their physical and mental health.
Our team of specialists can diagnose as well as treat musculoskeletal conditions both in-house or at your home.
Musculoskeletal conditions include –
- Back pain from wear and tear or injury
- Joint pain
- Recovery from surgery such as hip or knee replacement
- Injuries including recovery from fractures
- Arthritis of the hands and wrists
- Arthritis of the knees and ankle joints
- Arthritis of the hip and lower back
- Arthritis of the shoulders and neck
What will an MSK physiotherapy treatment be like?
After we have taken all your details we look at reaching a diagnosis. Your posture, movement, muscle length, strength and a variety of special tests will be carried out to identify the cause and any contributing factors. Once a diagnosis is reached we will work together to create a tailored plan to get you back on track. This may include a number of varied techniques which are listed below or indeed one treatment that is consistent until we reach a milestone where we can readdress your treatment plan.
Tailored plans involve complete specialist guidance while meeting your personal input as a priority. The programme is put together with goals and milestones which we can reach together in a timely but relaxed manner. At Clearcut Physiotherapy, 95% of the treatments we use are manual therapy based. This means treatment can be completed in your own home if this is where you would feel more comfortable.
Occasionally you will be referred to a consultant if further investigations are necessary.
All the techniques we use are evidence-based and include:
- Exercise therapy
- Soft tissue mobilisation
- Muscle energy technique
- Deep tissue massage
- Graston Technique
- Joint mobilisations
- Dry/Wet Cupping
- Spinal manipulations and adjustments
We understand life is hard for you or your loved ones right now, and we are here to help make that better. If you wish to discuss MSK physiotherapy for you or a loved one or simply wish to book in for your first assessment please contact us today. One of our team will be in touch as soon as possible.
What is Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy?
In general, physiotherapy is a type of therapy that looks at the relationship between the mind and body when it comes to healing. It takes into account how your nervous system and connective tissues work when it comes to feeling pain and injury. As mentioned above, there are several types of physiotherapy, but the one that focuses on issues with the musculoskeletal system is called musculoskeletal physiotherapy. Muscle and skeletal issues can cause pain in all areas of the body. It’s important to identify the source of the pain in order to know how to treat it. That’s where musculoskeletal physiotherapy comes in. This branch of physiotherapy is the best treatment if your pain is due to issues in your joints, muscles, or connective tissues. The goal of this type of therapy is to help you live a pain-free life.
How Does Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy Work?
The first step of any MSK physiotherapy treatment is identifying what is causing your pain. We will ask questions about your pain and how it affects your life before coming up with a diagnosis. Once a diagnosis has been made, we can start to develop a plan for treating your condition. Chronic pain caused by your musculoskeletal system may require a multi-step treatment plan, but we will develop a plan that works best for you. While each plan may be different, most MSK physiotherapy treatments include: –
Manual therapy: We may use massage, joint manipulation, or other techniques to help reduce pain in your joints and connective tissues.
Exercise: We will likely have you do some type of exercise to help treat your pain. Exercises may include strengthening your muscles, improving flexibility, or doing stretches to help with your pain.
Education: During your treatment, we will give you some information on things like exercise types and how they can help, nutrition, and ways to manage your stress.
Benefits of MSK Physiotherapy
Excellent Treatment for Chronic Pain: If you have chronic pain due to your musculoskeletal system, there’s a good chance that MSK physiotherapy can help. The goal of MSK physiotherapy is to help reduce your pain and improve your quality of life.
Works With Your Body’s Natural Healing Abilities: Unlike certain other types of therapy, MSK physiotherapy relies on your body’s natural ability to heal. It will use whatever healing powers your body already has in order to help reduce your pain and improve your quality of life.
Can Be a Part of Your Overall Treatment Plan: When you have chronic pain due to your musculoskeletal system, it’s best to be open to all treatment options. MSK physiotherapy can be used in conjunction with medication, surgery, or other treatment options to help you feel better.
Limitations of MSK Physiotherapy
It Can Take Time to See Results: Just like any other type of therapy, it can be difficult to predict exactly how long it will take for MSK physiotherapy to help reduce your pain. It may be more effective for those who have had chronic pain for less than six months, but this differs from person to person.
It’s Best if You Have a Good Support System in Place: While your physiotherapist can help you with many things, they can’t solve all of your problems. It’s important that you have a solid support system in place if you are facing chronic pain due to your musculoskeletal system.
Not Everyone Can Benefit From MSK Physiotherapy: While it’s definitely the best type of therapy for people with issues due to their musculoskeletal system, not everyone can benefit from MSK physiotherapy.
MSK Physical Therapy Techniques
Manual therapy: Manual therapy is a type of therapy used by us to help reduce pain. It may involve the use of massage, joint manipulation, or other techniques.
Modalities: Modalities are types of therapies that are used to treat pain. We may use things like ice packs or heat packs in order to help reduce pain.
Exercise: Exercise is another important part of MSK physiotherapy. It has been shown to be helpful when it comes to reducing pain related to your musculoskeletal system.
Education: Part of your MSK physiotherapy treatment may involve learning new ways to manage your pain. We will help you find ways to reduce your pain, increase your overall health, and help you better cope with your pain.
If you’re struggling with pain due to your musculoskeletal system, it’s important to see us as soon as possible. MSK physiotherapy can help reduce your pain, improve your quality of life, and help you get back to your normal routine. It’s important to note that it may take some time to see results and that it’s best if you have a solid support system in place when facing chronic pain. Book an appointment today and start your journey to recovery and a pain-free life.
MEET OUR THERAPISTS
We have skilled therapists at the clinic specialising in a wide range of disciplines enabling us to cover many conditions and therapeutic practices.
OUR PATIENTS SAY
Below are just a selection of many testimonials from our patients.
I received amazing therapy from Clearcut Physio and my neck pain has gone.
Finally I’m back to playing football, with all the support and treatment from the physios here.
The therapist was so positive, supportive and listened to me and treated me without watching the clock.