The musculoskeletal system consists of the human skeleton, made by bones attached to other bones with joints, and skeletal muscle attached to the skeleton by tendons. There are 5 basic tissues comprising the musculoskeletal system: bones, ligaments (attaching bone to bone), cartilage (protective gel-like substance lining the joints and intervertebral discs), skeletal muscles and tendons (attaching muscle to bone). So when we refer to musculoskeletal conditions we are referring to a broad range of conditions encompassing almost all of the joints, back or muscular pain.
Symptoms Of Musculo-Skeletal Conditions
Many musculoskeletal conditions can cause symptoms of pain (which includes, aches, sharp, shooting, darting, soreness), swelling, or tenderness in the area.However there are other symptoms which are also connected with these such as sleep disturbance, fatigue, lack of energy or lethargy, anxiety and stress.
Musculoskeletal conditions vary in severity. Pain and discomfort secondary to these conditions can interfere with daily activities and potentially limit a person’s independence. They are extremely common and the risk of developing one increases with age.
Musculoskeletal conditions have a range of causes such as age, occupation, activity level, lifestyle, sport and comorbidities. Low back pain is one of the most common musculoskeletal conditions.
Treatment of Musculo-Skeletal Conditions
Acupuncture has been proven as an effective form of treatment for a range of musculoskeletal conditions. Pain, stiffness, swelling and soreness, in muscles and joints can lead to an obstruction of energy (Qi/Chi), causing problems to the normal function of the whole body. An acupuncturist can restore these disturbances by inserting fine needles into specific points to relieve pain and reduce inflammation.
Acupuncture is recommended in the National Institute for Health & Clinical Excellence (NICE) guidelines for back pain treatment. Acupuncture attempts to treat the body as a “whole” and not just the localised symptoms.
Our highly skilled Chartered Physiotherapists may refer you to one of our clinical Acupuncturists.
Our Physiotherapists have a great deal of specific clinical experience in the management of musculoskeletal conditions.
Our highly skilled Physiotherapists will provide expert treatment for your pain as well as prescribing specific exercises to treat your musculoskeletal condition, reducing your risk of re-injury and giving you a long term solution.
Our physiotherapists are highly trained and qualified to provide expert care to our patients using evidence based therapies and treatments. They are fully insured and are chartered by the Irish Society of Chartered Physiotherapists (ISCP) so you know you are in safe hands.