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Musculoskeletal Pain

Musculoskeletal pain such as back pain, knee pain or shoulder pain is very common and normally improves within a few weeks or months. In most cases the pain is not caused by anything serious and will usually get better over time. There are things you can do to help relieve it. But sometimes the pain can last a long time or keep coming back.

How to relieve musculoskeletal pain

  • stay as active as possible and try to continue your daily activities – this is one of the most important things you can do, as resting for long periods is likely to make the pain worse
  • try exercises and stretches - other activities such as walking, swimming, yoga and pilates may also be helpful
  • medication - take anti-inflammatory painkillers, such as ibuprofen – remember to check the medicine is safe for you to take first and ask a pharmacist if you're not sure
  • use hot or cold compresion - for short-term relief – you can buy these from your local pharmacy, or a hot water bottle or a bag of frozen vegetables wrapped in a cloth will work just as well
  • Although it can be difficult, it helps if you stay optimistic and recognise that your pain should get better, as people who manage to stay positive despite their pain tend to recover quicker.

NHS Patient Information Leaflets on Musculoskeletal Pain

The NHS website provides detailed and helpful information on all types of musculoskeletal pain, below are links to common ones we see.

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NHS Sutton Physiotherapy Self Referral

If you have been recommended by one of our healthcare team to have a consultation with a physiotherapist you are able to refer yourself to this service directly. The NHS physiotherapy services in this area are provided by Sutton Community Services.

To book your consultation please call the Sutton Community Services patient line on: 0208 661 3902.

You can call Monday to Friday between 8am and 6pm, but please note that the Assessment Clinics operate on Monday & Thursday only at St Helier Hospital and Tuesday & Friday only at Jubilee Health Centre.

When you call you will be asked to provide some personal details, and will be asked some questions about your current problem and why you need physiotherapy.