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What are specialist services?

This service is for adult patients (aged 16 and over) who are not able to manage their musculoskeletal (MSK) symptoms, despite having appropriate treatment. The role of this service is to clarify the diagnosis. If appropriate, we could request blood tests, nerve conduction studies, X-rays, CT or MRI scans to aid this process.

Once we have established the diagnosis, we can refer you to the appropriate health professional or service to best manage your condition.

The clinical specialists are also able to provide injections of steroid for certain conditions. 

Who could complete the assessment?

  • Clinical specialists/ extended scope practitioners (ESP’s) – senior highly experienced physiotherapists and podiatrists with specialist /extended clinical skills. They can also discuss your case with a consultant orthopaedic surgeon, neurosurgeon or rheumatologist and refer you on to these services if it is appropriate.
  • GP with a special interest – a fully qualified doctor/ GP with additional experience and training in musculoskeletal problems.
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