Physiotherapy works: Musculoskeletal disorders
27 May

Physiotherapy works: Musculoskeletal disorders

Patients with MSDs are the largest patient population group treated by physiotherapists.

Rapid access to musculoskeletal physiotherapists can reduce the amount of time people are off sick and is vital in preventing a new acute problem becoming chronic and long lasting.

Promoting self management

Musculoskeletal physiotherapists support self management. GPs and other referrers can ask local physiotherapy services such as Health & Sports Physiotherapy about self management tools which can be provided for suitable patients in primary care.

Providing self-management resources at an early stage can help avoid the need for referral to secondary care with its associated higher costs.

The facts

  • Over 200 types of MSD
  • 1 in 4 UK adults affected by chronic MSDs
  • Low back pain is reported by 80% of people at some time in their life
  • MSDs are the most common reason for repeated GP consultation
  • 60% of people on long term sick leave cite MSDs as a cause


Speedy access to physiotherapy for people with MSDs is clinically and cost effective for the health service, for employers and society. It prevents unnecessary GP and secondary care appointments as well as improving patients’ quality of life. 

All of our physiotherapy clinics work closely with local GP surgeries, providing the public with the opportunity to access quality physiotherapy treatment without having to endure NHS waiting times. 

Contact us here for rapid access physio care

Clients can self refer by contacting our Cardiff & South Wales clinics to arrange an appointment independently. With our rapid access service, we aim to provide all clients with an appointment within 24 hours.

Physiotherapists manage 1.9 million new patients per year

Physiotherapists manage 1.9 million new musculoskeletal patients per year