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Who Treats Musculoskeletal Disorders?

Physical Therapy Explained. Physical therapists are medically trained professionals who treat patients by physical methods including manipulation, massage, infrared heat treatment and remedial exercise, etc. and not by drugs. There are three disciplines which mainly focus on the musculoskeletal system:

  • Physiotherapists can be seen working in many areas of the NHS and in private practice. They work in all areas of musculoskeletal care and rehabilitation. In the NHS they are probably best known for their work in assisting patients through the rehabilitation process (such as post-op recovery, after sustaining an accident or major burns injury). They also commonly work in outpatients and in private practice where they treat sports injuries and acute & chronic musculoskeletal conditions.
    They employ a mixture of hands-on techniques but will also commonly use a variety of electrical treatments (e.g. ultrasound). Many physiotherapists now use acupuncture as part of their overall treatment approach.
  • Osteopaths main focus is on maintaining the health of the musculoskeletal system. The osteopathic principle is to take a holistic approach to the treatment of a patient’s condition. They like to find out the cause(s) of why an injury has occurred and offer treatment to assist recovery. They will often give ‘self-help’ advice to a patient to help prevent the injury occurring again. Much of their work involves treating dysfunction (pain and disability) of the spinal area.
    The osteopath applies hands-on techniques to joints, soft tissues, muscles and ligaments to ease pain and improve mobility and to assist the natural healing process. Osteopaths mostly work in private practice. They also commonly use acupuncture as part of their treatment approach.
  • Chiropractors are more aligned to osteopaths in their treatment approach. Similar to osteopaths, they focus on treating the musculoskeletal system and are especially known for their work with mechanical disorders of the spine. They take a holistic approach to restoring and maintaining health and as part of their treatment will often advise patients on general health care to maintain fitness and wellbeing. They use hands on techniques such as mobilisation and manipulation and are seen working predominantly in private practice.

Comments (2 Responses)

  1. Dear Emma
    call me next week on 07590924266. Sorry about late reply to your post.
    Regards

    Ian Norman

    Posted by Normskiii in 26 May 2012
  2. Dear Sir or Madam,

    I have recently commenced a course in Sports Therapy and as such I am looking to gain experience in a practice such as yours. I would be very grateful to learn of any receptionist or administrative vacancies that you may have and will therefore look forward to your reply upon receipt of this email. Any experience I can gain would be very useful so I am not looking for full-time hours as I realise this may not be possible.

    I hope that do not mind the fact I have contacted you today, but I am very eager to begin on this career path and I would really appreciate some direction.

    In brief, my background is in Personal Training for all clients including GP referred clients. I am also currently completing a Level 4 course on Stroke Rehabilitation run by Dr. Tom Balchin of the ARNI Trust. It is extremely informative and I am researching a great deal in order to complete the course.

    Thank you for taking the time to read the above and I look forward to your reply.

    Kind regards,

    Emma Gillespie

    Posted by Emma Gillespie in 27 March 2012

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