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COVID 19 RESPONSE

MSK assist is offering its software to all NHS Primary Care and Musculoskeletal services for free until June 30th.
To find out how to continue to use MSK assist after this free period click the 'find out more' button.

As more musculoskeletal patients are being managed remotely via telephone and online consultations, MSK assist is now available to provide a quick and effective solution to support patients to self-manage their musculoskeletal problems. 

Your Experience Matters

If you are a Clinician, we are keen to find out about your experience of using MSK assist during this free period. Please help us by completing a few simple questions.

Get Started Today...

Patients can access treatment advice straight away via the MSK assist patient portal. Simply click the button below to access treatment advice, educational videos and exercises for specific body areas.

Primary Care: For a clinical service to use the MSK assist platforms during the COVID19 period we ask the services lead clinician/ manager to first register their clinic. The primary care platform can then be simply accessed via the header menu or login button in the Primary Care section.

*Use of the Secondary Care platform will require the lead account holder to register their clinic but to also create an MSK assist account in order to allow them to login into the secondary care platform. This will allow other clinicians within the service to be registered with accounts. For help, watch the video below.

I'm a Patient

Get advice on how best to manage a range of common muscle and joint complaints. Access the free MSK assist patient app that provides treatment advice, video exercise plans and tools to monitor your progress.

Primary Care

Access clinical guidelines and pre-created treatment plans on how best to manage a range of common muscle and joint complaints. Quickly send patients effective treatment advice by simply entering their email address.

Secondary Care

Quickly create and send patients personalised  treatment plans that will help them to effectively self-manage  their muscle and joint complaints.

Patient support

helping patients to manage their muscle and joint problems

8 Important Steps to Improve Muscle & Joint Problems

Below are a series of videos which have been created by musculoskeletal specialists with the sole aim to educated patients on how best to manage their muscle and joint problems. These videos tackle the most common issues discussed in everyday musculoskeletal clinics and aim to make patients aware of  range of important principles that can help in their recovery. 

Step 1.
Don't wait to be fixed!

The majority of muscle and joint problems are not fixed by Therapists or Surgeons. 

Most muscle and joint problems improve by people improving their strength and fitness to carry out normal daily activities. 

Don’t wait and start fixing yourself!

Step 2.
Be Positive! Stay Positive!

Being anxious that every ache and pain is something serious can prevent many patients from getting better. Muscle and joint problems are more often ‘non-serious’ and being positive has proven to be important factor in achieving success.

Step 3.
Get Fit for Daily Life!

As we get older, we can often lose the fitness we once had. This can lead to many day to day activities becoming more of a struggle and cause muscle and joint problems.

Regain your fitness and start feeling like the younger you!

Step 4.
Scans - Not Always Required!

Investigations are often not needed to plan the correct treatment for most muscle and joint problems. They’re only needed in specific circumstances (e.g. if surgery is needed) and sometimes investigations can cause other problems.

Step 5.
Low Strength Medications may help

Over the counter pain medications, if used correctly, can often help with the recovery of many muscle and joint problems.

Prescription medications can often cause side-effects and therefore it is advisable to try over the counter medications in the first place.

Step 6.
Maintain a Healthy Weight

Carrying extra weight can place greater strain on your muscle and joints which can lead to them becoming painful. Losing a few of those extra pounds can go a long way to helping reduce those muscle and joint aches.

Step 7.
Surgery is not always the fix!

The majority of muscle and joint problems improve without the need for surgery. Through following some simple principles and giving the body time to heal will often lead patients to avoiding the scalpel! 

Step 8.
Stay fit...as you might not be as fit as you think you are!

Many people often believe that they are fitter than they actually are and believe that exercise won’t help their muscle and joint problem. 

If you have been recommended to exercise then get started and see 

How can videos help me?

The videos complement the information provided by MSK assist. Through carrying out the principles discussed in the videos with the helpful advice, exercises and tools in MSK assist, will allow you to effectively manage a range of common MSK conditions.

What next?

Follow this simple 3 stage journey to access useful advice for a range of muscle and joint conditions.

  • Click "let's Begin' button to visit the body chart page to find the affected area
  • Select a condition
  • Enter your email address for instructions on how to get advice via the free MSK assist app

Exercises

helping patients to manage their muscle and joint problems

Exercises to Improve your Muscle & Joint Problem

Click an image to access exercises which aim to improve muscle strength and joint movement of each body area. 

These exercises are provided to support the exercises provided within the MSK assist app. 

If you feel that the exercises you have been provided are too difficult or have become too easy, try the exercises provided to find the level that suits you. 

General Rehab
KNEE
HIP
ANKLE
SPINE
SHOULDER
HAND
ELBOW - coming soon