South Tyneside MSK Service is for people with musculoskeletal conditions. Our team includes specialist clinicians covering all musculoskeletal specialist areas, who can provide a comprehensive assessment and a range of treatments and management plans in a community setting.
How do I make an appointment?
To self-refer, simply call 0191 4813902 to speak to one of our Patient Care Advisors, who will be happy to help. Lines are open Monday to Friday between 8.30am and 5pm.
So that you can begin to manage your condition as early as possible, your first appointment may be a physiotherapy telephone assessment.
What should I expect?
At your first appointment (which may be over the telephone) you will be asked questions about your symptoms, activities, work, etc. You may then be referred to see a Physiotherapist or Advanced Practitioner Physiotherapist or GPwSI (GP with Special Interest) or Consultant in Sport & Musculoskeletal Medicine (a doctor) who will further assess you and will refer you for further investigations as appropriate.
Your treatment plan may include a variety of specialist treatments which will be discussed with you and delivered in a clinic or group setting to help you to return to your usual activities. Your treatment plan will also include advice and specific exercises to help you self manage your condition.
What to wear:
During your assessment you might be required to carry out a number of movements to determine the cause of your pain. Therefore we recommend you wear suitable loose fitting clothing, such as t-shirt, shorts, jogging bottoms and underwear that you are comfortable being assessed in.
Where will I be seen?
The clinics are located in local health centres and some GP practices within the community. You will be offered the earliest appointment available but you will also be given a choice of venues so you can choose a location which is best for you.