Since the launch of the integrated musculoskeletal (iMSK) service for patients across North West Surrey. The service is being provided by Ashford and St Peter's Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust. The ‘integrated’ service offers support for patients requiring orthopaedic, pain management and rheumatology expertise, ensuring that support is tailored specifically to the most effective management of your health condition.

What are Musculoskeletal (MSK) services?​

The musculoskeletal or ‘locomotor’ system gives people the ability to move. Musculoskeletal disorders are injuries or pain in the body's joints, ligaments, muscles, nerves, tendons and structures that support the limbs, neck and back. Such disorders and injuries include degenerative diseases and inflammatory conditions that cause pain and impair normal activities. 

There are more than 200 musculoskeletal conditions including arthritis, back pain and osteoporosis and while it is recognised that these conditions are not life threatening, the effects can have a tremendous influence on people’s quality of life.  Millions of people in England are affected, meaning there is lots of demand for services and support. While it is recognised that MSK conditions are not life threatening, the effects can have a tremendous influence on quality of life and the ability to lead a complete, liberated and painless lifestyle.

Musculoskeletal services include prevention, assessment, diagnostics and treatment delivered by a wide range of professional disciplines, mainly orthopaedic surgeons, physiotherapists, other manual therapists, rheumatologists, pain management specialists, podiatrists and psychologists. Services include podiatry, orthotics, rheumatology, chronic pain services, occupational therapy and MSK physiotherapy amongst others.

The new service includes a comprehensive range of complimentary disciplines including orthopaedics, podiatry, orthotics, rheumatology, chronic pain services, occupational therapy and musculoskeletal physiotherapy. These services are delivered by a wide range of professionals, all working together to support patients with their treatment and be better informed to take greater control of their condition.

Further information and advice about MSK disorders can be located at www.surreyimsk.com