MSK Physiotherapy

What is the difference between Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy and Physiotherapy?

Musculoskeletal physiotherapy and physiotherapy are related fields, but they have different focuses and areas of specialisation.

What is Physiotherapy?

Physiotherapy, also known as physical therapy, is a powerful solution for individuals facing injury, illness or disability. Through a combination of movement and exercise, manual therapy, education and advice, physiotherapy helps people of all ages regain their full potential.  The primary goal is to help the client recover from injuries or manage chronic conditions, improve physical performance and prevent further injuries.

When a client seeks physiotherapy, they can expect a comprehensive and personalised approach to their care. Firstly, the physiotherapist will conduct an initial assessment to understand the client's condition, medical history and treatment goals. This may involve evaluating their range of motion, strength, balance, posture and other relevant factors.

Based on the assessment, the physiotherapist will develop an individual treatment plan tailored to the client's needs.

The plan may include therapeutic exercises to improve strength, flexibility and coordination and manual techniques such as massage, joint mobilisation or manipulation to alleviate pain and enhance mobility.

In addition to exercise and manual therapy, physiotherapists may employ other modalities like heat or cold treatment, electrical stimulation, ultrasound or hydrotherapy to assist in the healing process and promote recovery.

Clients can expect their physiotherapist to provide guidance on injury prevention, posture correction, ergonomics and home exercises to reinforce progress made during the sessions. They may also receive advice on managing pain, optimising functional abilities and achieving long-term health goals.


What is Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy?

Musculoskeletal physiotherapy (MSK Physio) is a specialised area within physiotherapy that specifically focuses on treating musculoskeletal conditions. Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy excels at providing assessment, diagnosis and treatment for conditions affecting the muscles, joints and soft tissues and other structures that support the body's movement.

Common conditions treated by musculoskeletal physiotherapists include:

Back and neck pain

Joint injuries and pain (e.g., shoulder, knee, hip)

Sport injuries

Arthritis and other degenerative conditions

Postural problems



Muscle strains and sprains

Book an Appointment

Appointments can be arranged by telephone or email. Self-funding patients can refer themselves to physio. We do not require a referral from your doctor.