Musculoskeletal disorders are any injuries, damage or pain in the body's muscle tissue, joints, nerves, ligaments, tendons and muscular or skeletal structures that support the limbs or the back. Musculoskeletal disorders can affect almost any part of the body from the back and the neck to the limbs, hands and feet. They can be caused by incorrectly lifting heavy objects, repetitive strain or direct injury or trauma. Some examples of musculoskeletal disorders that can be treated with musculoskeletal physiotherapy are carpal tunnel syndrome, ligament sprains, muscle strains, various kinds of arthritis, cartilage tears, post-operative rehabilitation, back ailments and bone fracture rehabilitation.
Musculoskeletal physiotherapy is specialist physical therapy treatment for patients who are exhibiting the symptoms of a musculoskeletal disorder or who are undergoing treatment for a musculoskeletal disorder. Musculoskeletal physiotherapy aims to help the patient recover from their condition more quickly through regular treatment sessions and to develop coping strategies to aid the patient during the recovery process and prevent secondary problems from occurring.