MSK Conditions

What we treat

Inflammatory Conditions

These conditions affect connective tissues in muscles, and their associated tissues such as tendons and ligaments, resulting in inflammation. Onset can be rapid and acute. Some examples are Rheumatoid Arthritis, Lupus, Gout and Plantar Fasciitis. The conditions can also affect the internal organs, eyes, skin or any other part of the body.

Physiotherapy can help with the symptoms by reducing swelling, speeding up the inflammation process and reducing pain. Treatment will also focus on improving joint range of movement and providing self-management strategies. Massage, ice therapy and electrotherapy may be used in conjunction. 

Conditions of MSK Pain

Conditions that result in pain in the bones, joints, ligaments, muscles, tendons and affect the pain system. Onset is generally more gradual than with inflammatory conditions. Conditions include Back Pain, Herniated Disks, Osteoarthritis and Fibromyalgia.

Treatment can include manipulation and massage, an exercise programme to target muscle strength and range of movement, and be supplemented by acupuncture, electrotherapy and hydrotherapy. There will also be a focus on pacing activities education and the development of strategies for managing the symptoms day to day.

Where indicated referral may be made to a pain clinic.

Osteoporosis and Fragility Fractures

When someone fractures a bone from a standing height, they could have osteoporosis, a condition that causes weaking of the bones. As a result fragility fractures occur suddenly and discretely. The bones most commonly affected are the spine, wrist and hip.

Physiotherapy is instrumental in maximising functional recovery from a fracture through early mobilisation and developing a guided exercise programme. This in turn can reducing the risk of falls and further fractures.