Following our successful bid at the beginning of August to be the lead provider for the Surrey Integrated Musculoskeletal Service (iMSK), we are pleased to announce that the new service is up and running having been launched on the 1st October.
For those of you not familiar with the term, musculoskeletal services relate to the parts of the body that give people the ability to move. Conditions that might need treating are pain in the body's joints, ligaments, muscles, nerves, tendons and structures that support the limbs, neck and back; so things like arthritis, back pain and osteosporosis, all of which can have a tremendous influence on someone's quality of life.
We have called our service an ‘integrated service’ to reflect the way individual services need to work together to make sure that our patients receive all the care they need, in a joined up way, without having to take themselves from service to service.
The benefits for patients
Our service includes a comprehensive range of complementary 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. These include: orthopaedic surgeons, extended scope practitioners, physiotherapists, other manual therapists, rheumatologists, pain management specialists, podiatrists and psychologists.
There will also be more focus on supporting patients in understanding their condition / what's causing their pain or discomfort, whilst encouraging them to take more responsibility for their condition where that's appropriate - for example, for someone experiencing knee pain, a course of physiotherapy or encouragement to lose weight might be the appropriate solution, rather than automatically considering them for surgery.
You will find lots of information on our website - www.surreyimsk.com - about the services we offer, our teams of highly trained professional staff as well as lots of information on self-care and exercises you can try at home (following advice from your clinician).