Musculoskeletal (MSK) Physiotherapy


Musculoskeletal (MSK) physiotherapists provide advice and treatment for a wide range of orthopaedic and rheumatological conditions that affect joints, muscles, ligaments and tendons - for example, sports injuries, lower back pain, complex pain conditions and after some surgical procedures.  Our aim is to provide the best care possible according to each patient’s needs.

We help people understand the cause of their problem, how best to manage their own condition and how to prevent it recurring.  Treatment is carried out with individuals or in groups, depending on what the patient and the physiotherapist feel is most appropriate.

We have a wide range of highly skilled staff, from physiotherapy assistants to clinical specialists and extended scope physiotherapists. This means we can provide the right kind of physiotherapist to meet each patient’s needs.  All our staff are members of the Health and Care Professions Council and undertake regular training to keep up-to-date with best practice.  Many lecture on post-graduate training courses. Read more about the team.

Conditions that we treat

We treat a wide variety of conditions in the MSK physiotherapy department.  These include:

  • orthopaedic and rheumatological chronic pain
  • joint problems and arthritis
  • low back pain
  • knee and shoulder conditions
  • muscle aches and pains
  • post surgical rehabilitation
  • neck pain and headaches
  • sports related injuries, including traumatic and overuse injuries
  • work related injuries – repetitive strain
  • injury prevention

Treatment options

We provide a wide variety of treatment options which conducted depending on your problem.  The types of treatment that we can provide include:

  • Advice and education
  • Exercise classes

Exercising in groups is an effective and enjoyable way of increasing people’s fitness and functioning.

We run several different types of exercise groups and you can find out more about them here.

Patient information

Results of recent patient satisfaction surveys show:

  • 98% of patients rated treatment as excellent and very good
  • 91% of patients would definitely recommend the service to a family member/friend
  • 100% of patients felt involved in decisions about their care and treatment
  • 100% of patient felt they were treated with dignity and respect


Do you have an appointment?

Find your ward

  • Outpatients

    The physiotherapy department is on the lower ground floor in the Royal Free Hospital, next to the rheumatology department.

Hospital locations


Referral details

Referrals to the MSK physiotherapy department can be made by hospital consultants, members of their teams and some other health professionals including Extended Scope Physiotherapy Practioners .  Currently we are unable to accept referrals made by General Practitioners.

Generally there is a short waiting list for physiotherapy. This can vary between 24 hours a few weeks depending on your condition.

The Team