Musculoskeletal physical therapy is a specialized area within physical therapy that focuses on the accurate evaluation, diagnosis and treatment of musculoskeletal injuries. Musculoskeletal physical therapists have high-level skills in treating musculoskeletal conditions (muscles and joints). Musculoskeletal physiotherapy employs advanced methods of clinical evaluation and diagnosis. Musculoskeletal physiotherapists are trained in high-level evaluation and treatment techniques.
Musculoskeletal physical therapy involves treating disorders that affect the way you move, the way your muscles and joints work together. Whether it's your feet, ankles and legs, hands, arms and shoulders, or your back and neck, an injury that makes it painful or difficult to move can have a big impact on your life. Musculoskeletal physical therapy is one of the first subdisciplines of the profession, with an emphasis on manual therapy for a variety of health conditions. Musculoskeletal physiotherapy will focus on biomechanical and structural rehabilitation of the client.
With specific objectives to maximize the functional movement of the person so that they can return to normal daily activities. This type of therapy is most often used to treat accidental injuries, sports injuries, and resolution of physical disability due to lifestyle and aging. Musculoskeletal physical therapy is a combination of techniques and strategies to help restore movement and function. Techniques include teaching exercises, practicing particular movements, and finding alternative ways to perform a task.
The specific combination of techniques will depend on the condition being treated, and a musculoskeletal physical therapist will have specialized in the diagnosis and treatment of musculoskeletal conditions. Musculoskeletal physical therapists (or manipulators) are experts in the treatment of musculoskeletal pain and particularly pain related to the spine. A musculoskeletal physical therapist uses their expert evaluation skills to diagnose the problem and provide holistic, effective, evidence-based treatment. Members of Musculoskeletal Physiotherapists Australia (MPA) have additional skills to diagnose, treat and prevent muscle and joint problems, especially spinal conditions that commonly cause low back pain and neck pain.
Joint mobilization is a technique used by physical therapists to perform a forward and backward oscillation of the joint to restore full range motion and limit pain. The APA is the leading national organization representing the interests of Australian physiotherapists and their patients. Musculoskeletal physical therapists can help treat chronic pain where other treatments may not have worked. This may be because the physical therapist has reviewed your symptoms and thinks that you would benefit from a more detailed diagnosis to identify a particular condition, or your symptoms may require a different form of treatment.
The first and most important step in the treatment process is the physical examination and evaluation that the physical therapist will perform on your first visit. Below are the 5 most common treatment techniques that physiotherapists use every day to return their patients to optimal health and performance, free from aches and pains. If you suffer from any of the musculoskeletal conditions described above, do not hesitate to call St Leonards Physiotherapy at 9438 1782 if you would like to speak directly with a physical therapist. In many cases, you may be referred because the exercises or strategies recommended by your physical therapist have not worked and an underlying condition is suspected.
Musculoskeletal physical therapists have a pioneering spirit that translates into a commitment to doing what is best for patients. Biomechanical assessment, technical observation and diagnostic skills are part of your musculoskeletal physical therapist's skill set and allowing him to observe you in your environment or use your usual physical techniques will ultimately help you avoid musculoskeletal and sports injuries in the future. . .