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Physiotherapy Treatment for Work Related Musculoskeletal Disorders

September 04, 2023
Physiotherapy Treatment for Work Related Musculoskeletal Disorders

Millions of people suffer from work-related musculoskeletal disorders every year. As per studies, around 24.7% of workers have backaches, and 45.5% say that their jobs require them to work in painful conditions. Such physical conditions have a serious impact and contribute to lifelong pain and dysfunction. The role of physiotherapy in musculoskeletal disorders is noteworthy and let us take a closer look at MSDs and how physiotherapy can offer musculoskeletal disorder treatment.

Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy

Muscles, bones, joints, ligaments, tendons, and other soft tissues all play a role in musculoskeletal problems, which are the focus of musculoskeletal physiotherapy. Musculoskeletal physiotherapy promotes overall physical performance, lessens discomfort, restores mobility, and improves musculoskeletal function. Musculoskeletal physiotherapy helps patients recover from sickness more quickly, develop coping skills to support them during the healing process and prevent the occurrence of secondary issues. This is done through daily treatment sessions. Physiotherapists are in a unique position to assist employers in managing these concerns through multidisciplinary physiotherapy for musculoskeletal disorders programmes, education, ergonomics, on-site treatment, and return-to-work programmes.

Neuromusculoskeletal physiotherapy can be used to treat a variety of injuries, including:

  • Muscle strains
  • Cartilage tears
  • Ligament sprains
  • Fracture rehabilitation
  • Arthritis
  • Back pain
  • Pre- and post-surgery rehabilitation

How does a physiotherapist help with work-related MSDs?

Whilst having a work-related MSD can make life difficult, uncomfortable, and frustrating for those who have it, getting physiotherapy treatment can really help. Professionals with training in the diagnosis and treatment of musculoskeletal conditions are known as musculoskeletal physiotherapists. A musculoskeletal injury treatment approach for MSDs may involve all or any of the following:

Support with assistive technology

Following a work-related MSD, it may occasionally be essential to use aids like splints or braces. Your physiotherapist will not only ensure that you have access to the best device for your needs, but they will also give you advice on how to use these devices correctly and avoid additional harm.

Exercises for strengthening

Strains, sprains, and back ailments like herniated discs all have important contributing causes that include both muscular overuse and muscle weakening. Your physiotherapist will collaborate with you to create specific strengthening exercises to help cure and prevent injury to your muscles. Some of these strengthening exercises will be performed at the physiotherapy clinic, and your physiotherapist will also provide you with exercises to perform at home.

  • Educate on good posture

Poor posture at work can lead to or worsen several MSDs. A physiotherapist can assist in identifying any postural patterns that are contributing to problems and can show you how to modify your workplace positioning properly. For instance, your physiotherapist will work with you to learn how to lift properly using your legs and gluteus muscles if your profession requires a lot of lifting that puts you at risk for strains and sprains. Or your physiotherapist will assist in teaching you proper body mechanics for sitting and typing if you experience persistent neck and shoulder tension because of spending all day in front of a computer.

  • Active and passive stretches

Our muscles get stiff and inflexible from doing repetitive tasks at work, which can cause discomfort and dysfunction. To encourage your muscles to lengthen, your physiotherapist will likely passively stretch you during your appointment. Additionally, they will also teach you easy exercises that you can perform at home and at work to prevent further injuries.


It’s a good idea to see a licenced physiotherapist for preventative care if your employment entails repetitive movements, physical effort, or extended periods of standing or sitting. A physiotherapist can assist you with exercises, align posture and adaptive equipment if you have already experienced a work-related musculoskeletal disorder. The trained team at Southgate Physio can assess your concerns and help you seek musculoskeletal strain treatment.

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Physiotherapy Services We Offer

Our clinic offers a wide range of treatments that are all recommended and tailored to everyone who comes and visits us. Our range of treatments complements the body and mind, helping to keep you pain and injury-free, delivering preventative measures to maintain your well-being and enhance your performance levels.

Our main aim is to restore your personal well-being so you can enjoy an active, healthy, and pain-free life. Click on any of the services to find out a little more about each treatment and understand if it might be right for you.

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