What is Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy?

Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy is the service most people think of when they consider physiotherapy.

Musculoskeletal physiotherapy involves the treatment of many common conditions including joint and muscular pain, sport and occupational injuries and rehabilitation following most kinds of orthopaedic surgery. See further details on common conditions treated below.

New Victoria Physiotherapy employs senior physiotherapists with vast experience in all of these areas, and are committed to continually improving their services.

What Should I Expect in My First Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy Appointment?

At the New Victoria Hospital, an initial musculoskeletal physiotherapy appointment can last between 45-60 minutes. On arrival, you will be asked to fill out a few forms giving consent to physiotherapy treatment, and confirming your details. Please allow adequate time for this.

The initial assessment will begin by taking a full history of your injury/symptoms. This will include details regarding onset, pattern of symptoms and aggravating and easing factors. We will also inquire about other relevant injuries, general health conditions, medication and details regarding occupation and hobbies. It is useful to bring any relevant correspondence or imaging reports to the appointment for your physiotherapist to view.

After this, a thorough physical examination of your symptoms will begin. This will include:

  • Assessment of postures and movement patterns including walking
  • Assessment of range of movement
  • Assessment of power
  • Special tests to help identify specific causes of your symptoms

During your assessment and treatment, your physiotherapist will need access to the treatment area. Please ensure you are appropriately dressed in shorts/vests/flexible clothing such as gym kit to ensure your maximum comfort.

Conditions Treated

Some of the conditions treated by our Physiotherapists include:

  • Spinal pain/injuries - neck pain and low back pain

  • Shoulder conditions - Sub Acromial Pain Syndrome (SAPS), frozen shoulder and impingement

  • Elbow conditions such as tennis elbow

  • Wrist injuries including rehabilitation following fractures and  tendonitis

  • Pelvic girdle pain

  • Hip injuries including gluteal tendinopathy, Femoro-Acetabular Impingement (FAI), Osteoarthritis hip

  • Knee injuries and post-op rehabilitation e.g. ACL reconstruction

  • Foot & Ankle Injuries including Achilles conditions and ankle ligament sprains

Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy Available at New Victoria Hospital

  • Massage & Manual Physiotherapy
  • Tailored exercise and rehabilitation programmes
  • Taping & Strapping
  • Acupuncture
  • Ultrasound therapy
  • Shockwave therapy


If you would like to have more information regarding Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy, you can call our Physiotherapy Department on 020 8949 9040 or:

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