Musculoskeletal (MSK) conditions affect the joints, bones and muscles, and also include rarer autoimmune diseases and back pain. Common treatments for MSK conditions include:
Physiotherapy can help to restore movement and function when someone is affected by injury, illness or disability. They can also help to reduce your risk of injury or illness in the future.
Podiatry treats abnormal conditions of the feet and lower limbs. They also prevent and correct deformity, keep you mobile and active, relieve pain and treat infections.
Occupational therapy aim to improve your ability to do everyday tasks. Occupational therapists can look at all aspects of daily life in your home, school or workplace. They look at activities you find difficult and see if there's another way they can be done.
Orthotics use foot or heal inserts to treat problems relating to pain and discomfort in the feet, legs or spine.
We've included a range of self-management information, tools and exercises on NHS inform to help you treat and recover from muscle, bone and joint problems and know when to seek help.
How you get access to MSK services depends on where you are. Your local health board decide how each service is accessed and whether you can self-refer or you would require to get a referral from a GP or other healthcare professional first.
NHS Ayrshire & Arran
Physiotherapy, podiatry, occupational therapy for MSK conditions, and orthotics services can only be accessed with a referral from a GP or healthcare professional.