Muscle, back or joint problems are collectively known as musculoskeletal conditions, or MSK for short. They are one of the main reasons people see a doctor, and they affect everybody.
Importance of looking after yourself
If you look after somebody, this can involve a lot of bending, lifting and laying, which could be a cause for your MSK problem. Often you won't have time to worry about yourself, but if you're not fit, you won't be able to care for others as easily.
Not everybody needs to see a healthcare professional for an MSK problem. Following good advice can help you to get back to normal, especially if you follow the advice as soon as any problem starts. Remember that keeping up with any advice and exercises for your MSK problem could stop it coming back.
If you, or somebody you're caring for has muscle, back or joint problems, you can visit NHS inform for advice and support on what exercises can help you get moving again.
If, after a few weeks of following the advice on NHS inform, things aren't improving, don't let the problem drag on. Speak to your GP practice about how you can access local physiotherapy services.
Accessing a physiotherapist
You can see a physiotherapist:
- through the NHS, by contacting a physiotherapist directly (self-referral) or via your GP practice
- through occupational health schemes
Read NHS inform's information on muscle, bone and joint conditions.
Visit Healthy Working Lives for information on manual handling.
Read about the Scottish Manual Handling Passport Scheme.
The information was last updated on: 3rd May 2018