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What Is Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy?

Musculoskeletal (MSK) physiotherapy treats various injuries, illnesses, and diseases affecting the joints, muscles, ligaments and tendons. Musculoskeletal physiotherapy assists with treating sports injuries, joint discomfort, chronic pain diseases such as arthritis, and complications after certain surgical operations. 

Whether your injuries, aches and pains are recent or chronic, our physiotherapists are particularly educated to provide the most effective treatment options to help you recover, which include:

Physical treatment 

Physiotherapists employ exercise to assist patients in enhancing their mobility, flexibility, and strength, so as to temporarily and permanently relieve pain. The physiotherapists at Fraser Life are trained to ensure all our patients get the appropriate exercise program. They will assist you in learning and carrying out the program to obtain the maximum benefit from your therapy. 


Aquatic treatment (or “hydrotherapy”) involves rehabilitation and exercise in water. This is a useful method for supporting muscle and joint rehabilitation (and relieving other problems) in an atmosphere which promotes relaxation and body weight support. 

In addition to facilitating mobility, hydrotherapy can give pain relief to some individuals. Patients undergoing hydrotherapy do not need to be able to swim (although it is beneficial to inform your physiotherapist of this in advance).

Joint mobilization and soft tissue methods 

Manual therapy of joints and muscles can alleviate discomfort and restore your body’s mobility. Physiotherapists utilize these strategies in conjunction with other treatment methods (such as exercise therapy) to expedite patients’ recoveries. 


Acupuncture is the insertion of sterile, single-use needles into specific body locations to alleviate pain and discomfort. Each of our acupuncture-offering physiotherapists at Fraser Life have received specialized training in this field.

Injuries Treated by Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy

Musculoskeletal diseases include any fracture, damage or discomfort in the muscle tissue, joints, nerves, ligaments, tendons, and body muscular or skeletal components which support the limbs or the back.

Musculoskeletal problems can affect almost every body region, from the back and neck to the arms, hands and feet. This disease may be brought on by lifting heavy things improperly, repeated pressure, direct damage or trauma. 

Musculoskeletal physiotherapy treats diseases such as carpal tunnel syndrome, ligament sprains, muscle strains, arthritis, cartilage tears, post-operative recovery, back issues and bone fracture rehabilitation.

Musculoskeletal Physiotherapists Backgrounder

Musculoskeletal physiotherapists are experts in evaluating and treating patients with musculoskeletal diseases such as tendinitis and carpal tunnel syndrome. These professionals usually possess at least a Bachelor’s degree in Physiotherapy. 

Most musculoskeletal physiotherapists obtain an advanced degree in physiotherapy, such as a Master’s. Musculoskeletal physiotherapists have specialized knowledge of treatments and procedures for musculoskeletal disorders. 

Most musculoskeletal physiotherapists observe that their patients suffer from difficulties with their muscles and joints, which often result in back and neck discomfort. These are some of the therapy options a musculoskeletal physiotherapist may employ:

  • Manual manipulation and treatment 
  • Massage
  • Physical treatment 
  • Electrotherapy 
  • Adaptive tactics
  • Approaches for self-management 
  • Pain management

Based on the musculoskeletal physiotherapist’s professional judgment and knowledge of the initial examination findings, the most appropriate therapies will be used to treat a patient.

Therapies for musculoskeletal injuries are designed to: 

  • Optimize healing 
  • Accelerate the recovery process 
  • Enhance strength 
  • Restore regular mobility 
  • Reduce suffering 
  • Reduce swelling and inflammation
  • Increase autonomy 

How Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy Benefits Patients 

In several ways, musculoskeletal physiotherapy helps patient recovery and improves their quality of life:Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy Injuries Treated and Its Patient Benefits

  • Enhances muscular strength and flexibility 
  • Enhances mobility, fluidity and quality of movement 
  • Improves coordination and motor command 
  • Relieves or eliminates discomfort 
  • Assists with developing coping strategies to alleviate pain throughout the healing process or conducting normal motions
  • Facilitates achieving physical activity and health objectives 
  • Teaches and reinforces healthy movement patterns to reduce the incidence of musculoskeletal problems
  • Reduces inflammation and irritation 
  • Increases the patient’s daily degree of autonomy and self-sufficiency

A musculoskeletal physiotherapist will develop a home physiotherapy program to help a patient in beginning their recovery at home or in a gym. When they have healed, the physiotherapist may also develop a maintenance plan to ensure that they continue to reap the benefits of physical therapy. 

Ultimately, musculoskeletal physiotherapy will hasten recovery and enable you to resume normal activities as soon as feasible.

In the Langley area, there are no better musculoskeletal physiotherapists than those you’ll find at Fraser Life. Visit us online or call us at (778) 278-4755 today.


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