Musculoskeletal Service - Knowsley

Who we are
Our team assess, diagnose and treat problems which affect the bones, muscles and joints. 

Our team includes physiotherapists, advanced musculoskeletal practitioners, podiatrists, therapy assistants and psychologists. We offer physiotherapy and podiatry services for patients with a musculoskeletal condition. 

Our advanced practitioner triage service is able to offer assessment for more complex musculoskeletal conditions and, where appropriate, will request further investigations or will provide an onward referral to a hospital consultant.

Who is our service for?
Our service is available for adults and children over the age of 16 registered with a Knowsley GP.

Who do we work in partnership with?
We work closely with GPs, podiatry and community therapy teams and have close links with rheumatology, pain and orthopaedic consultants at St Helens and Knowsley NHS Trust and neurosurgeons at The Walton Centre NHS Foundation Trust.

How to access our service
You can be referred to us by your GP or you can self-refer to the service by downloading completing a patient referral form

What will happen at your first appointment?
At your first appointment we will take a general medical history and ask you questions about your particular problem. Following consent we will carry out a physical examination, which will include assessing your general and specific mobility.

You will be asked to bring to your appointment:

  • A list of your current medication
  • Your usual footwear, if you are seeing a podiatrist
  • A pair of shorts if we are seeing you for lower limb problems

At the end of this, a diagnosis will usually be provided along with options for treatment. We use a shared decision making approach to enable you to actively participate in choices made about your future management. 

You are also welcome to bring someone with you to your appointment if you wish.

Where else do we provide the service?
We also deliver musculoskeletal services in St Helens.

Understanding MSK conditions and self-management advice
We have developed information about MSK conditions on our health and wellbeing pages to support you to understand some of the different MSK conditions and provide self-management advice and exercise tips. 

Related links
The Chartered Society of Physiotherapy -
The Health Care Professions Council -

Physio self-referral form

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Contact us
Musculoskeletal Service
Therapy suite, Lower Ground Floor
St Helens Hospital
Marshalls Cross Road
St Helens
Tel: 0151 430 1060