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What is Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy?

  • Musculoskeletal physiotherapy is a specialised branch of physiotherapy that focuses on the assessment, diagnosis, and treatment of conditions affecting the musculoskeletal system, which includes bones, joints, muscles, tendons, and ligaments. The main goal of musculoskeletal physiotherapy is to improve the patient's physical function, reduce pain, and improve their overall quality of life.
  • Musculoskeletal physiotherapists use a wide range of techniques to treat their patients, including manual therapy, exercise prescription, and patient education. They may also use modalities such as heat, cold, ultrasound, and electrical stimulation to help reduce pain and inflammation.
  • The types of conditions treated by musculoskeletal physiotherapists vary widely, but may include arthritis, back pain, neck pain, shoulder pain, knee pain, and sports injuries. Musculoskeletal physiotherapists work closely with their patients to develop individualised treatment plans that may include a combination of manual therapy, exercise, and education on proper posture and body mechanics.
  • Musculoskeletal physiotherapy also focuses on injury prevention and management. Physiotherapists may provide education on injury prevention strategies, such as proper warm-up and cool-down techniques, and may also assess an individual's movement patterns to identify any areas of weakness or imbalance that could lead to injury.


Overall, musculoskeletal physiotherapy plays a crucial role in the management of conditions affecting the musculoskeletal system. By providing individualised care and education, physiotherapists help patients manage their conditions, reduce pain, and improve their physical function and quality of life.

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