COVID-19 has put NHS frontline staff under enormous pressure. Work-related stress was already common across the service long before this crisis but now the demands being made are higher than ever, with staff working long hours under desperately difficult conditions.
Musculoskeletal (MSK) disorders can include back pain, neck or arm strains and diseases of the joints. All parts of the workforce can be affected by MSK and it is one of the most common reasons for sickness absence in the NHS.
Connect Health is endeavouring to do all we can to support the NHS by redeploying staff to the frontline and offering a remote telephone/video-based physio service to NHS colleagues.
Ramping up our virtual physiotherapy offer is certainly a useful and practical way of supporting those amazing healthcare workers who are going above and beyond every day to support all of us. But it’s important to recognise key workers working remotely using modern digital tools are an excellent way of supporting many people through this crisis.