Depending on your symptoms, and wherever possible informed by choice, your first appointment may be completed by telephone, video or face-to-face. This first appointment will be the start of your clinical assessment and treatment. This will be completed by an MSK Clinician. An MSK Clinician is someone who has a clinical qualification to treat people with bone, muscle, joint or nerve symptoms. This may be a physiotherapist, osteopath, chiropractor or sports therapist. They will tell you their clinical background when they introduce themselves to you.
We recommend you see the same clinician for the duration of your time with us so that you do not have to repeat yourself. Sometimes this means waiting a little longer for your next appointment however, the benefits of this are seen as people will often achieve their goals more quickly. It may be appropriate that another member of the team sees you, as they may have a different skillset that you need to help you achieve your goals. You will be informed of this if this is the case. The MSK team may include:
- MSK or Senior MSK Clinician
- Advanced MSK Clinician – a clinician with specialist orthopaedic or rehabilitation skills
- Consultant MSK Clinician – a clinician with expert specialist orthopaedic or rehabilitation skills
- Pain Specialist – a clinician that has specialised in pain that persists
At your first appointment you will be asked questions regarding your symptoms, any hobbies, work, previous conditions etc. You will also be asked to set some goals that we can help you achieve as part of your treatment plan.
Your treatment plan will be discussed with you and may include a variety of treatment options, to help you to return to your usual activities. Your treatment plan will also include advice and specific exercises to help you to self-manage your condition.