What Is Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy?

Musculoskeletal physiotherapy is a specialized kind of physical therapy for individuals who exhibit symptoms of a musculoskeletal problem (or are being treated for one). Musculoskeletal physiotherapy assists patients in recovering more quickly from sickness and developing coping strategies to assist throughout the healing period and prevent subsequent issues.

Musculoskeletal physiotherapy can be used to treat the following injuries:

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

Musculoskeletal Disorder

Musculoskeletal disorders are defined as any fracture, damage or discomfort in the muscle tissue, joints, nerves, ligaments, tendons, and muscular or skeletal components of the body which support the limbs or back.

Musculoskeletal problems can affect almost all regions, from the back and neck to the arms, hands and feet. This disease can be triggered by the improper lifting of heavy things, repeated pressure, or direct damage or trauma. Carpal tunnel syndrome, ligament sprains, muscle strains, various types of arthritis, cartilage tears, post-operative recovery, back problems, and bone fracture rehabilitation are all musculoskeletal diseases which can be addressed with musculoskeletal physiotherapy.

Musculoskeletal Pain Symptoms

Depending on the source of your musculoskeletal discomfort, your symptoms will differ. Typical symptoms include the following:

  • Aching and stiffness 
  • Muscles feel as though they’re “on fire”
  • Fatigue
  • Muscle twitches
  • Pain that intensifies from movement
  • Sleep disruptions

Musculoskeletal Physiotherapists

Musculoskeletal physiotherapists are specialists in examining and treating patients suffering from musculoskeletal conditions such as tendinitis and carpal tunnel syndrome. These professionals may have earned a bachelor’s degree in physiotherapy.

Musculoskeletal physiotherapists have advanced training for indirectly applicable treatments and procedures for musculoskeletal diseases; the majority of them earn a master’s degree in physiotherapy.

Most musculoskeletal physiotherapists discover that their patients have specific muscle and joint issues, resulting in back and neck discomfort. Among the therapy options available to a musculoskeletal physiotherapist are the following:

  • Manual treatment and manipulation
  • Massage
  • Physiotherapy through exercise
  • Electrotherapy
  • Self-management tactics and coping mechanisms
  • Pain management

The most appropriate therapies will be used for treating a patient, based on the musculoskeletal physiotherapist’s professional judgment and competence in the initial assessment findings.

Treatments for musculoskeletal injuries are directed to:

  • Accelerate the healing process
  • Strengthen muscles and joints
  • Restabilize movement
  • Reduce pain 
  • Reduce edema and inflammation

How Can Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy Be Beneficial?

Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy Fraserlife Willowbrook PhysioMusculoskeletal physiotherapy helps patient recovery and improves the quality of life in several ways:

  • Strengthens and stretches muscles
  • Enhances mobility, ease and quality of movement
  • Enhances coordination and control of movement
  • Reduces or eliminates discomfort
  • Assists the patient with developing coping skills for pain experienced throughout the healing process and problems completing routine motions
  • Assists in achieving physical activity and well-being objectives
  • Educates and reinforces safe movement techniques
  • Recovery at home or in the gym; therapists may also develop a maintenance program to ensure patients continue to benefit from physical treatment.
  • Reduces inflammation and edema
  • Enhances the patient’s daily autonomy and self-sufficiency

Fraser Life is home to Langley’s best musculoskeletal physiotherapy team of experts. For more information, visit us online or call us at (778) 278-4755 today.


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