MSK specialists provide assessment and advise for those who have a musculoskeletal problem such as:
- Back or neck pain- radiating arm and leg pain in absence of recent change in bowel, bladder and sexual function (Cauda Equina Syndrome).
- Sprains or strains- ankle and shoulder sprain, wrist sprain etc.
- Sports injuries- hamstring, quadriceps, Achilles tendon or knee ligament injury
- Joint or muscle pain- shoulder, knee, hip, ankle, elbow, wrist
To book with an MSK specialist
Please fill an eConsult as you would if you were requesting a GP appointment.
You can clearly specify where it asks “Would you like help from a particular person at the surgery?” You can say MSK specialist.
What is a Musculoskeletal Specialist?
A typical MSK appointment involves assessment, diagnosis and first-line management. MSK specialists can also refer patients for a course of physiotherapy treatment, order investigations or make referrals into secondary care services using the same pathways as GPs. Some MSK Specialists are also able to independently prescribe and provide injection therapy.
As a person-centred service, most appointments include self-management advice, social prescribing, and discussions about physical activity and fitness for work.
The Musculoskeletal Specialist role
The role of the MSK Specialist in primary care is to assess patients with soft tissue, muscle and joint pain and to decide on the most appropriate management pathway.
This is to promote early access and right person at the right time at right place.