Welcome to the Leeds Community Musculoskeletal and Rehabilitation Service (MSK Service).
We all get aches and pains in our joints, muscles and spine from time to time. These musculoskeletal (MSK) symptoms become a problem if they get in the way of what we want to do in our daily lives. Persistent pain (that is pain that goes on for longer than we expect) can affect our physical and mental health and can also get in the way of work and socialising. Persistent MSK pain is common and can affect anyone.
All our physiotherapists and doctors are experts in assessing MSK symptoms. We focus on working with you to help you manage your condition. If we identify a need for further investigations or specialist treatments, we are able to arrange these if there is evidence that they are an appropriate part of care. We work closely with GP practices and with hospital specialists to provide access to the care you need. First Contact Physiotherapists (FCPs) work within most GP practices in Leeds and can offer initial advice and support for MSK problems. They can also refer you to the MSK service if appropriate.
For anyone with MSK symptoms there is plenty that you can do yourself to help you to stay active, manage your symptoms, and carry on doing the things you want to do. Take a look at the advice put together by our expert MSK team to see what you can be doing to help yourself. This information should be used in conjunction with advice you have been given from your GP practice, healthcare practitioners and specialists.
NHS England - Musculoskeletal Health is a helpful resource that has MRI spinal leaflets for clinicians and patients – aimed at reducing unwarranted variation in requests for MRI scans for spinal conditions, developed by spinal clinicians in collaboration with lived experience partners.