What Exactly is Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy?

Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy is a specialised area within Physiotherapy that treats; muscle, soft tissue (ligaments, tendons), nerve, bone and joint injuries. It includes conditions such as back pain, neck pain, headaches, muscle strains and tears, ligament sprains and cartilage injuries.

A musculoskeletal disorder results from damage to one of the mentioned structures and usually leads to pain, swelling, reduced range of motion and limitation in optimal functioning. The injury can affect any part of the body, ranging from the spine to the upper and lower limbs. They can be caused by overuse, repetitive strain from exercise or work, lifting something incorrectly, direct injury or from accidents.

Musculoskeletal injuries that physiotherapy treats include:

Back Pain

Back pain is very common, and can affect people of all ages and activity level. While it generally improves over a matter of days to weeks, it can continue for a long period depending on the injury.

Back pain usually feels like an ache, tension, stiffness or sharp pain in the back. A sudden movement, heavy load or poor posture can cause the onset of these feelings. Physiotherapy decreases back spasm and improves movement to alleviate pain with activities.

Neck Pain

With general life stresses and an increasing time spent in poor postures in front of laptop, computer and mobile phone screens, neck pain affects a considerable amount of people in today’s society. Pain in the neck can impact many aspects of life, including work, sleep, leisure time, sport, and functional activities like checking your blind spot while driving. Quite often neck pain is due to a combination of the muscle, joint and ligament structures working against the weight of the head (approximately 5kg).

Correcting posture, ergonomic set up and releasing tightness in the muscles and joints of the neck is a very effective way of reducing neck pain.

Headaches

There are a number of different types and causes of headaches. One type, the cervicogenic headache can be effectively treated by physiotherapy. Tightness at the front of the head, base of the skull and through the neck can be symptoms of this specific headache. Physiotherapy techniques to release the structures through the back of neck and base of skull releases pressure and stiffness.

Upper versus lower cervical

Muscle strains and tears

  • A muscle strain is when muscle fibres are overstretched or torn. This usually occurs as a result of overuse, fatigue, or improper use of a muscle. Strains cause pain and can limit movement within the affected area. Common symptoms include swelling, bruising, stiffness, and feelings of weakness.
  • If a muscle strain is not addressed appropriately, muscle fibers can re-knit incorrectly, exposing a functional weakness in the already compromised muscle. This can increase the risk of re-injury and long-term dysfunction. Physiotherapy treatment to reduce initial inflammation and a graded rehab program is paramount to promote optimal healing and negate the chance of chronic issues.

Ligament sprains

Ligaments are the structures that connect bone to bone. A ligament sprain refers to when the fibres of this structure are overstretched or torn. There are three grades of ligament sprains:

Grade 1: Mild sprain where the ligaments are stretched slightly resulting in soreness and some swelling
Grade 2: Moderate sprain where the ligaments partially tear making the joint feel loose. This results in pain and swelling may persist. Weight bearing or holding load through the joint can be difficult
Grade 3: Most severe grade of sprain where the ligament/s tear completely. More significant pain and swelling results. The joint can feel unsteady and the individual probably won’t be able to put any weight or load through this joint

Tendinopathies and tendon tears

Tendons are the structures at the end of all muscles, connecting them to bone. As a muscle contracts, it pulls on the tendon to create movement at the joint it crosses. Tendons can become inflamed or tear as a result of sudden increase in load, or gradual overuse.

Cartilage injuries

Cartilage is the tough but flexible connective tissue within a number of our joints. There are different types (hyaline / articular, elastic, and fibrous) that play different roles. An example of cartilage is the menisci in our knee joints – that helps to disperse body weight and reduce friction of the bones moving on one another.

Physiotherapy after an injury to joint cartilage promotes healing of the damaged structure to decrease pain and increase range of motion within that joint.

Why Physiotherapy at Wellbeing?

With general life stresses and an increasing time spent in poor postures in front of laptop, computer and mobile phone screens, neck pain affects a considerable amount of people in today’s society. Pain in the neck can impact many aspects of life, including work, sleep, leisure time, sport, and functional activities like checking your blind spot while driving. Quite often neck pain is due to a combination of the muscle, joint and ligament structures working against the weight of the head (approximately 5kg).

Correcting posture, ergonomic set up and releasing tightness in the muscles and joints of the neck is a very effective way of reducing neck pain.

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We believe that a hands-on approach to treatment, using Physiotherapy and Massage techniques, is the best healing your body can receive and we want you to live your best life; free from pain, restriction and chronic injury.

We specialise in Physio, Injury and Rehab, Sports and Remedial Massage, Postural Correction, Pregnancy Massage and offer advice and education on how you can manage your own complaints much better. Our therapists are dedicated to giving you the best treatment utilising the newest & most effective techniques available. A comprehensive pre-screening gives us a great understanding of your body, conditions & needs, and lets us devise the right treatment plan & advice for you.

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