Musculoskeletal Disorders (MSDs)

The musculoskeletal system of the body consists of bones, joints, and muscles. Its main function is to provide structure and support, enabling pain-free movement.

The ability to move is controlled by the nervous system, and the quality and coordination of movements develops with practice, as you will know if you have ever taken up a new sport or started to learn a musical instrument.

In the UK 20% of adults consult their GPs with a musculoskeletal disorder every year, and research shows that physiotherapy plays a significant role in management and treatment.

MSDs may develop for a number of different reasons, for example:

Lack of exercise can weaken muscles and predisposes joints to developing osteoarthritis.

Overuse or unaccustomed use can produce conditions such as Achilles tendinosis, Repetitive Strain Injury (RSI) or Tennis Elbow.

Sustained poor posture can cause neck pain, headache, back pain or heel pain. Tracking problems can cause uneven joint wear, a common cause of Patellofemoral (knee) pain or shoulder impingement.

When you come for your assessment, we will not only ask you about the problem that is concerning you, but we will aim to get to the root of it.

Our goal is not just to relieve your symptoms, but to work with you to help you change those factors which caused your problem, using a variety of treatment techniques and individual exercise programmes.

“If you always do what you’ve always done you’ll always get what you’ve always got”
Mark Twain