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What is MSK Physiotherapy?

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What is MSK Physiotherapy?

Physiotherapy, also known as physical therapy, encompasses various specialized fields, each designed to address specific needs and conditions. Musculoskeletal (MSK) physiotherapy is one such specialized branch that focuses on diagnosing, treating, and preventing disorders related to the musculoskeletal system. In this blog post, we'll delve into what MSK physiotherapy entails, the role of MSK physiotherapists, treatment modalities, and debunk common myths associated with this field.

Different Types of Physiotherapy:

Physiotherapy encompasses several specialized fields, including neurological, cardio-respiratory, and musculoskeletal physiotherapy. 

Musculoskeletal physiotherapy specifically deals with conditions affecting the muscles, bones, joints, ligaments, and tendons.

What MSK Physiotherapists Do

MSK physiotherapists are highly trained healthcare professionals who assess, diagnose, and treat musculoskeletal conditions. They employ a range of techniques including (but not limited to) exercise prescription, advice and education in order to manage pain, improve mobility, and enhance overall function.

Myth Buster

Myth: Physiotherapists need to be “hands-on” in order for treatment to work be effective.  
Reality: Physiotherapists are great first-line practitioners. An accurate diagnosis can be formulated based on a comprehensive assessment focused on the history of the presenting pain and symptoms, without the need for any hands on input.

A “hand-on” assessment can add additional  value to our working diagnosis. Further, hands on manual therapy treatment can help provide some short term symptom relief, but is not recommended as a stand alone treatment intervention.  

Myth: You will require a GP referral to see a physiotherapist. 
Reality: In primary care, a GP referral is not required to see a physiotherapist, and at eMed patients can self refer,  with direct access to speak with our team of Physiotherapists.

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Myth: Physiotherapy is for athletes and sports people. 
Reality: While physiotherapy is beneficial for athletes, it's also essential for anyone experiencing musculoskeletal pain or dysfunction, regardless of their activity level or medical history. Physiotherapists tailor treatment plans to meet the individual needs of each patient, whether they're aiming to return to sports or improve daily function.

Read more: Sciatica Solutions: Physiotherapy for Relief and Recovery

Jargon Buster:

  • Manual Therapy: Hands-on techniques used to manipulate muscles, joints, and soft tissues.
  • Exercise Prescription: Tailored exercise programs designed to address specific musculoskeletal issues and improve strength, flexibility, and endurance.
  • Education: Providing patients with knowledge about their condition, self-management techniques, and strategies for preventing future injuries.

eMed MSK Physiotherapy Service

eMed offers a comprehensive MSK physiotherapy service delivered remotely, allowing patients to access expert care from the comfort of their homes. Through virtual consultations, patients receive personalized assessments, treatment plans, and ongoing support from qualified MSK physiotherapists. This convenient and accessible approach enables individuals to manage their musculoskeletal conditions effectively, regardless of their location or schedule.

  • No Waiting. Appointments in minutes.
  • Diagnosis and exercise plans to manage your condition.
  • Referrals. If needed.
  • Sick notes. If needed.
  • Start your recovery journey right now. Book your first appointment for £48.

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In conclusion, MSK physiotherapy plays a crucial role in managing musculoskeletal conditions, promoting recovery, and enhancing overall quality of life. By understanding the scope of MSK physiotherapy, debunking myths, and exploring available treatment modalities, individuals can make informed decisions about their healthcare journey, leading to improved outcomes and well-being.


The information provided is for educational purposes only and is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Seek the advice of a doctor with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition. Never delay seeking or disregard professional medical advice because of something you have read here.

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