Radcliffe Medical Practice

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First Contact Physio

Do you have a Musculoskeletal problem which affects your joints or muscles, e.g. back pain, knee pain, joint pain?
Did you know, we can refer you directly to the First contact physio service.
To enquire regarding this please create a request via our Ask My GP service, we can then forward this to the Physiotherapists who will then be in touch with you.

The vast majority of musculoskeletal first contact practitioners are physiotherapists with enhanced skills. They can help patients with musculoskeletal issues such as back, neck and joint pain by:

  • assessing and diagnosing issues
  • giving expert advice on how best to manage their conditions
  • referring them onto specialist services if necessary.

Patients with back and joint pain, including conditions such as arthritis, will now be able to contact their local physiotherapist directly, rather than waiting to see a GP or being referred to hospital. Patients can also see a physiotherapist by speaking to the GP practice receptionist or by being referred by their GP.

Low back and neck pain are the greatest cause of years lost to disability in the UK, with chronic joint pain or osteoarthritis affecting more than 8.75 million people. In addition, musculoskeletal conditions also account for 30% of all GP appointments.

Date published: 26th July, 2022
Date last updated: 26th July, 2022