What is Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy?

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When one is affected by accident, disease, or by developmental or other impairment, physiotherapy helps restore mobility and function as close to normal as possible.

Physiotherapists are graduates who have studied physiotherapy courses at the university and have a degree in physiotherapy.


What is Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy?

Musculoskeletal physiotherapy is a specialized procedure for physical therapy in patients who have signs of a musculoskeletal condition or are treated for a musculoskeletal disorder.

Through daily treatment sessions, musculoskeletal physiotherapy helps the patient heal faster from their illness and to build coping mechanisms to help the patient during the healing phase and avoid the occurrence of secondary problems.

Injuries that can be treated by musculoskeletal physiotherapy include:

  • Ligament sprains
  • Muscle strains
  • Arthritis
  • Cartilage tears
  • Pre and post-surgery rehabilitation
  • Fracture rehabilitation
  • Back pain


Musculoskeletal Disorder

Any fracture, damage, or pain in the muscle tissue, joints, nerves, ligaments, tendons, and muscle or skeletal structures of the body that support the limbs or the back are musculoskeletal disorders.

Almost any part of the body can be affected by musculoskeletal disorders, from the back and neck to the arms, hands, and feet. This disorder can be caused by large objects being lifted incorrectly, repetitive pressure, or direct injury or trauma.

Carpal tunnel syndrome, ligament sprains, muscle strains, different kinds of arthritis, cartilage tears, post-operative recovery, back ailments, and bone fracture rehabilitation are examples of musculoskeletal conditions be treated with musculoskeletal physiotherapy.


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Musculoskeletal Physiotherapists

Specialists in the assessment and care of patients with musculoskeletal conditions such as tendonitis or carpal tunnel syndrome are known as musculoskeletal physiotherapists. These specialists can be bachelor’s degree holders in physiotherapy.

Musculoskeletal physiotherapists have specialized experience in directly relevant therapies and procedures for musculoskeletal conditions, and most may hold a higher degree in physiotherapy, such as a Master’s.

Most musculoskeletal physiotherapists find that their patients specifically suffer from problems with the muscles and joints, often causing back and neck pain. The treatment options a Musculoskeletal physiotherapist can use include:

  • Manipulation and manual therapy
  • Massage
  • Exercise therapy
  • Electrotherapy
  • Coping strategies and self-management techniques
  • Pain management

Upon the professional judgment and the expertise of the Musculoskeletal Physiotherapist on the initial evaluation results, the most suitable treatments will be deployed in treating a patient.

Musculoskeletal injury therapies are targeted at:

  • Optimise healing
  • Speed the recovery process
  • Increase strength
  • Restore normal movement
  • Decrease pain
  • Decrease swelling and inflammation
  • Increase independence


All these options will be considered by the physiotherapist when they are developing a treatment plan.


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How Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy Helps?

Musculoskeletal physiotherapy contributes, in a variety of ways, to patient rehabilitation and enhanced quality of life.

  • Improves the strength and flexibility of muscles
  • Improves motion, ease, and movement quality
  • Enhances coordination and movement control
  • Relieves or entirely removes pain
  • Helps the patient develop coping mechanisms to help them with discomfort during the healing process or difficulties while performing regular movements
  • Helps you meet physical activity or wellness goals
  • Teaches and consolidates safe ways of moving to decrease the risk of potential musculoskeletal disorders
  • Helps a patient begin his rehabilitation at home or the gym, a musculoskeletal physiotherapist will formulate a home physiotherapy program. When he has recovered, they may also devise a maintenance programme to ensure that you continue to benefit from your physical therapy
  • Ultimately, musculoskeletal physiotherapy will accelerate your recovery and allow you to return as soon as possible to regular activities
  • Reduces inflammation and swelling
  • Boosts the everyday degree of autonomy and self-sufficiency of the patient


In a Nutshell

When the physiotherapist is putting together his or her recovery plan, the patient’s diagnosis and a specific set of symptoms will be considered.

Students interested in studying the course at the university can enrol in the programme to earn their bachelor’s degree in physiotherapy.