Conditions affecting the musculoskeletal (MSK) system can impact everyone, regardless of age, lifestyle or activity levels.
Conditions affecting the musculoskeletal (MSK) system can impact everyone, regardless of age, lifestyle or activity levels. In fact, MSK disorders are amongst the most commonly reported health complaints globally. Almost all MSK conditions respond best to physiotherapy, with research showing that it can be as, or more effective, than surgical and medical treatments.
Common MSK conditions physiotherapy can help include:
- Low back and neck pain, including disc injuries, muscle strain and chronic pain
- Headaches including tension headaches, TMJ issues and radicular pain from the neck
- Joint disorders such as osteoarthritis, cartilage damage and joint instability
- Muscle and ligament injuries including strains, sprains, and repetitive stress or overuse
- Tendon related pain including ITB syndrome, Achilles tendinopathy, patella tendinopathy and shin splints
- Pre surgical rehabilitation for conditions such as ACL/PCL tears, tendon repairs such as rotator cuff repair, and joint surgeries
- Chronic pain conditions including fibromyalgia or hypermobility syndrome
Physiotherapy takes a “whole person” holistic approach to managing conditions, paying particular attention to a person’s individual goals and general lifestyle. The aim is to identify the underlying cause of your discomfort so that you can have a long term solution and not just a series of quick fixes.
Each session is tailored to your individual needs, but you can expect a thorough assessment at your first appointment that will form the basis of your subsequent treatment. Rehabilitation will include both hands-on treatment and specific exercises to return you to full function. Your therapist might utilise a variety of techniques to encourage healing and restore quality of life, these can include:
- Manual therapy techniques to improve joint movement
- Soft tissue work such massage or trigger point release
- Dry needling for pain relief and tissue healing
- Adjunct technologies to enhance natural healing or provide pain relief such as ultrasound
- Heat therapies to reduce muscle tension and pain
- Progressive strengthening programs to address movement dysfunction
- Taping techniques to encourage muscle activity and joint support
Your therapist is also able to give advice on lifestyle modifications such as ergonomics or returning to training/sport. Our job is to provide long-lasting solutions which will enable you to return to the activities you love with the minimum amount of downtime.