What does 'musculoskeletal' mean?
Musculoskeletal means all the muscles, all the skeleton and everything else connected to it. So that includes the nerves, ligaments, tendons, joints, spine and neck, arms, legs and head. Basically it’s all of you except your internal organs!
Your musculoskeletal system is affected by your posture, how you hold yourself, how you move, your daily activities and any injuries or illnesses you have had. It’s your whole body, it is involved in how you do everything in your life.
Sciatica, trapped nerves, slipped discs, arthritis, frozen shoulder, repetitive strain injury (RSI), any joint problems – things like these are all musculoskeletal conditions.
Musculoskeletal is often abbreviated to MSK, for example in the NHS if you see your GP for back pain, you may be referred to an MSK clinic. Osteopathy is private treatment for musculoskeletal (MSK) conditions, outside the NHS.