Thank you for visiting the Herts Valleys MSK Service website.
We are currently experiencing a high volume of referrals that means people are waiting longer than usual for their first appointment. We apologise for the delays. We have created this page to support you whilst you wait for your first appointment.
Is there anything I can do whilst I am waiting?
- It is not unusual for musculoskeletal aches or pains to flare up and they often gradually recover over 12-weeks without any treatment. In general, it is best to try to stay in work, stay active, and to continue activities that you enjoy.
- Your local pharmacist can give you advice about simple painkillers you can try.
- Many people find heat or ice helpful for reducing pain. Ensure you use a barrier between the skin and the heat or cold source e.g. a tea towel and use for no longer than 15-20 minutes.
- You can view resources to optimise your health whilst you wait by visiting: https://www.connecthealth.co.uk/resources
- If you are suffering with knee or hip joint pain it is usually safe to start gentle exercises which can be found here: https://escape-pain.org/
- If your joint pain is significantly worse or joints swells after exercising, please stop doing them and wait for your appointment.
- If your symptoms are related to other joints you can find information and resources at https://mskr.info/?companycode=mskr2019
What symptoms require me to seek urgent medical attention from my GP?
Sometimes new aches and pains are related to more serious medical illnesses. If you have any of the following symptoms, and have not already done so, please discuss with your GP as soon as possible.
- New fever
- Feeling generally unwell or excessively fatigued
- Unexplained weight loss
- Growing lumps or bumps that your GP is unaware of
- Significant physical trauma – e.g. a fall
- Suicidal ideation – thoughts and plans to end your life
- If you have new symptoms related to your bladder or bowel function, please read this document https://www.connecthealth.co.uk/resources/cauda-equina-syndrome-ces/ and if you are uncertain on what to do, call NHS 111.