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There are a number of factors which can contribute to the onset or management of a musculoskeletal condition. These can include:

  • General health (being overweight, low activity levels)
  • Life stage (adolescence, pregnancy, menopause, elderly)
  • Physical activity (low activity or sudden increase in activity levels)
  • Smoking
  • Alcohol /drug use
  • Poor sleep
  • Diabetes
  • Hydration (drinking enough water and fluids)
  • Vitamin D (low levels)
  • Work-related issues
  • Mental health (stress, anxiety or depression)
  • Domestic violence

 The links below provide more information that you might find useful:

  • OneYouLeeds (local support and information to help with healthy eating, being active, and stopping smoking)
  • Mindwell-Leeds (local support and information to help you look after your mental wellbeing)
  • Live-well-NHS (NHS advice and information on health living and wellbeing)
  • Active-Leeds (local free activities to help you get active)
  • Healthy-Living-Leeds (local healthcare information)
  • Hydration for health (information about drinking enough water from Hydration for Health partnership)
  • Vitamin D facts (vitamin D fact sheet from the Association of UK Dieticians)

 Life has many stages. To be the best that we can be throughout life, look at the links below relating to:

Musculoskeletal conditions can make getting to the toilet difficult. They can also be linked to changes in the organs within the pelvis including your bladder, bowel and sexual organs.  Incontinence is very common particularly as we age. You can speak to your doctor about things that can be done to help.

Changes in the pelvic floor muscles that support the organs in the pelvis are common and can be linked to prolapse and incontinence. The links below provide more information:

If you develop incontinence suddenly, it may be linked to a problem in your back and could be a sign of something more serious. Please see section on ‘When to seek further advice or medical care’ on our Back Problems page.

Contact Us

Telephone: 01937 522864

Email: leedsmsk.helpline@nhs.net

Community Service Links (Social Prescribing)

Feeling part of our local community can play an important role in keeping active, and looking after our physical and mental health.

The following links may be helpful

  • Active Leeds directory of activities in Leeds to support you with improving mobility and using movement to manage health conditions
  • Linking Leeds connecting people to services and activities in their community to improve physical and mental health

What to do if you need to speak to someone urgently...