What are musculoskeletal and sports physiotherapists?
Musculoskeletal physiotherapists prevent, diagnose and treat people with musculoskeletal conditions such as neck pain, low back pain and headaches.
Sports physiotherapists prevent, diagnose and treat people with musculoskeletal and sporting injuries for people of all ability levels from professional athletes to the weekend warrior.
There is a lot of overlap between the two disciplines.
In order to achieve the title of musculoskeletal or sports physiotherapist a physiotherapist must have completed post-graduate qualifications in that specific field.
What can I expect from my physiotherapy visit?
Both musculoskeletal and sports physiotherapists will complete a thorough history and physical assessment to provide you with a diagnosis and determine the underlying cause/reasons for your pain/dysfunction.
A physical assessment is likely to include, but not limited to, a postural evaluation and assessment of joint mobility, ligamentous stability, muscle length/strength and functional/sporting activities.
Commonly treated conditions are:
Low back pain
Your treatment is determined by many factors including the assessment findings, length of time you have had your injury/pain, age and home/work/sporting commitments. Management can include joint mobilisations, massage, exercise therapy, postural education, taping, goal setting and communication with your GP, specialist, other allied health professional, massage therapist, personal trainer, coach etc.
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