What is Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy?

Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy is a specialised area within physiotherapy that focuses on accurate assessment, diagnosis and treatment of musculoskeletal injuries. Musculoskeletal injuries are injuries to joints, muscles, bones and/or nerves. Common conditions treated are neck and back pain, and shoulder, hip and knee injuries. Musculoskeletal Physiotherapists often use manual therapy treatment techniques such as joint mobilisation or manipulation and massage to restore normal function, in conjunction with exercise programs.

Musculoskeletal Physiotherapists are qualified physiotherapists who have undergone further university based post-graduate studies in diagnosis and management of musculoskeletal injury management, prevention and treatment. Once they attain this level they are recognised by the Australian Physiotherapy Association (APA) as an APA Musculoskeletal Physiotherapist.

What is an APA Musculoskeletal Physiotherapist?

APA Musculoskeletal Physiotherapists are regarded as experts in their chosen field of physiotherapy. They employ advanced clinical assessment and diagnosis methods, and have been trained in a broader range of treatment techniques than many other health professionals. As a result, APA Musculoskeletal Physiotherapists are world-leaders in the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of muscle and joint problems, especially low back and neck pain.

Bellbird Sports & Spinal has two practitioners (James McGregorKathy Brooks) that have obtained the title of APA Musculoskeletal Physiotherapist.

How can Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy help you?

Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy can:

  • Clear or reduce pain
  • Give you strategies to best manage your injury or condition
  • Result in a quicker recovery and return to your normal activities
  • Improve your flexibility, strength and co-ordination
  • Advise you how to improve your fitness
  • Help you to prevent recurrences of your injury(s)
  • Prescribe exercises to do at home to enhance recovery