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Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy: What Is It?

Do you consider discomfort in your joints, muscles or even bones as an inevitable product of aging, a previous injury, or just a warning that you need to stretch more frequently? Do you have any doubt that it is anything more? It’s worth investigating since your discomfort might be a symptom of a musculoskeletal (MSK) disorder.

Musculoskeletal physiotherapy is a specialist 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 them throughout the healing period and prevent subsequent events.

Musculoskeletal physiotherapy can be used to treat the following injuries:

  • Sprains of ligaments
  • Strains of muscles
  • Arthritis
  • Tears in the cartilage
  • Rehabilitation before and after surgery
  • Rehabilitation of fractures
  • Backache

What Is 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 that support your limbs or back. Musculoskeletal problems can affect almost every body region, 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 just some of the musculoskeletal diseases that can be addressed with musculoskeletal physiotherapy.

What Is a Musculoskeletal Physiotherapist?

Musculoskeletal physiotherapists are specialists in examining and treating patients suffering from musculoskeletal diseases such as tendinitis and carpal tunnel syndrome. These professionals will have earned a Bachelor’s degree in physiotherapy. They possess advanced training with indirectly applied treatments and procedures for musculoskeletal diseases; the majority of them have earned a Master’s degree in physiotherapy.

The majority of musculoskeletal physiotherapists soon discover that their patients have particular muscle and joint issues, which often result in back and neck discomfort. Among the therapy options available to a musculoskeletal physiotherapist are the following:

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

The most appropriate therapies will be used in treating a patient based on the musculoskeletal physiotherapist’s professional judgment plus initial assessment findings.What Is Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy And How Does It Work

Treatments for musculoskeletal injuries are intended to:

  • Enhance healing
  • Accelerate the recovery process
  • Strengthen
  • Restabilize movement
  • Reduce discomfort
  • Reduce edema and inflammation
  • Increase self-reliance

How Can You Benefit From Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy?

Musculoskeletal physiotherapy helps patient recovery and improves one’s quality of life in many 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 in developing coping skills for pain experienced throughout the healing process (or problems completing basic motions)
  • Assists with achieving physical activity or well-being objectives
  • Educates and reinforces safe movement techniques to reduce the chance of developing musculoskeletal problems
  • Assists a patient with beginning their recovery at home or in the gym. They may also develop a maintenance program once healed, to ensure that the patient continues to benefit from physical treatment
  • Expedites recovery and enables patients to resume normal activities as soon as possible
  • Inflammation and swelling are reduced
  • Enhances the patient’s daily autonomy and self-sufficiency

For more information on musculoskeletal physiotherapy, visit or call us in Langley at (778) 278-4755 today.


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