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Musculoskeletal physiotherapy service

Providing care for muscle and joint conditions

Male doing a shoulder press with weights being assessed by a physiotherapist

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The musculoskeletal physiotherapy service at Guy's and St Thomas' has been developed with local general practitioners (GPs) to provide seamless, high quality musculoskeletal care to the residents of Lambeth and Southwark.

We provide consultations and a range of treatment options for all musculoskeletal conditions including lower back pain through to athletic sports injuries. You will be assessed by a physiotherapist and provided with a diagnosis and possible management options which may include:

  • advice and exercises
  • one to one physiotherapy
  • exercise classes specific for to your condition
  • hydrotherapy (exercise in water at Guy's and St Thomas’ Hospital sites)
  • shockwave treatment
  • acupuncture.

We aim to provide all patients with expert assessment, diagnosis and evidence based treatment plans for their musculoskeletal condition. We believe it is important that we work together with you to produce a treatment plan that is meaningful to you and your lifestyle.

Our background as a teaching hospital means our physiotherapy teams have a range of highly specialist knowledge, clinical experience and post graduate education. As a result of the diversity in our teams, we have access to investigations when they are needed to assist with planning treatment including x-rays, MRI scans and blood tests.

Be active with back pain video

This short film shows how you could be active and exercise when you have low back pain.

  • Be active with back pain video transcript

    This short film shows how physical activity and exercise can help you manage low back pain. Keeping active is safe and could help prevent future back pain.

    It's safe and helpful to be active with back pain.

    Try gentle exercise first.

    Build up your exercise step by step.

    Any exercise can help.

    So choose something you enjoy.

    Set small goals and write them down.

    Keep going to get back to the things that matter to you.

    If you need more help, talk to a physiotherapist or GP.

    Back pain. Be active.






Tel: 020 7188 5094


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