Musculoskeletal (MSK) Services
Community MSK Pathway: COVID-19 update
In line with National Guidance, we are re-opening Musculoskeletal Services for routine referrals from Wednesday 3rd June 2020.
This means your GP can now refer you to us.
Your safety and the safety of our staff is our priority and therefore appointments will be virtual where possible.
We are working towards reintroducing face-to-face appointments in line with robust infection, prevention and control procedures and social distancing rules which may mean waiting lists are longer than usual.
If you are a current service user or you are on our waiting list you do not require a new referral from your GP. The MSK service team will be in touch with people on their current caseload first and then contact those on the waiting lists. Therefore please do wait to be contacted by the MSK service to initiate an appropriate appointment. In the meantime this page may provide some useful information for you.
If you have any appointment queries please use the following contact numbers for the musculoskeletal administrative services within your area.
|Location||Enquiry Line (for existing service users only)|
|Bristol||0117 330 2645 (MATS)
0117 330 2659 (Physio)
|North Somerset||01275 546777|
|South Gloucestershire||0117 340 8440|
Musculoskeletal (MSK) Physiotherapy
Physiotherapy helps to restore movement and function when someone is affected by injury, illness or disability. It can also help to reduce your risk of injury or illness in the future. It takes a holistic approach that directly involves you in your care.
Our MSK Physiotherapy services provide advice and treatment for conditions that affect joints, bones, muscles, ligaments and tendons. We help people who have difficulty with their day-to-day living due to pain or problems with movement. We also treat people who have suffered an injury, or have had an orthopaedic operation.
Musculoskeletal Interface (MSKI) Services, including MATS, CATS and SATS
MSKI is a triage service which offers assessment and treatment for people with musculoskeletal (MSK) and/or spinal conditions in Bristol (MATS), North Somerset and South Gloucestershire (CATS&SATS).
It is aimed at people who have persistent pain and have not responded to normal GP care such as advice and pain relief, or other treatment such as physiotherapy or podiatry.
It is run by expert clinicians, including extended scope physiotherapists and podiatrists, and GPs with a special interest. We aim to determine the best course of care using our clinical expertise, evidence and shared decision making.