Who we are
Our team assess, diagnose and treat problems that affect the musculoskeletal system (MSK) which includes bones, muscles, ligaments, discs, tendons, nerves and joints.
Our team includes physiotherapists, advanced musculoskeletal practitioners, podiatrists, therapy assistants and psychologists. We offer physiotherapy and podiatry services for patients with a musculoskeletal condition.
Our advanced practitioner triage service is able to offer assessment for more complex musculoskeletal conditions and, where appropriate, will request further investigations or will provide an onward referral to a hospital consultant.
Who is our service for?
Our service is available for adults and children over the age of 16 who are registered with a St Helens GP.
We work closely with GPs, podiatry and community therapy teams and have close links with rheumatology, pain and orthopaedic consultants at St Helens and Knowsley Hospital NHS Trust and neurosurgeons at The Walton Centre NHS Foundation Trust.
After we receive your referral you will offered an appointment either face to face or via our Physio Direct telephone service. We will ask you questions about your particular problem and take a general medical history including asking about any current medications.
Following this, a diagnosis will usually be provided along with options for treatment. We use a shared decision making approach to enable you to actively participate in choices made about your future management.
We have developed information about MSK conditions on our health and wellbeing pages to support you to understand some of the different MSK conditions and provide self-management advice and exercise tips.