What are Musculoskeletal (MSK) problems?
These are the aches and pains, arthritis, rheumatism, stiffness and injuries we are all prone to suffer from at sometime to our muscles, ligaments, tendons or joints.
It has been found that 20-30% of GP consultations can involve MSK complaints. A lot of these problems are minor and will resolve on their own with time and self care measures. For more information on musculoskeletal injuries and how you can to self manage MSK injuries in the first instance see our musculoskeletal injuries page.
The secret to managing MSK injuries is EARLY self care with pain killers and exercise. Sometimes it may help to discuss your problem with a healthcare professional such as a doctor, nurse or physical therapist (physiotherapist, osteopath or chiropractor).
You can self -refer for NHS physiotherapy through Connect Health’s Merton Community MSK Service
Telephone: 020 3795 3430
Referrals to the Musculoskeletal service
When you consult your doctor about a MSK problem and your doctor feels that you need additional services outside of The Practice, you may be referred to the Musculoskeletal Service, which will screen all such referrals to ensure to you are seen by the right practitioner. Their clinics involve physiotherapists, rheumatologists, pain specialists and orthopaedic surgeons.