MSK Physiotherapy - Royal Oldham, Oldham Community

We provide assessment and treatment of patients with musculoskeletal/orthopaedic problems including back, neck and shoulder pain, soft tissue injuries, and arthritic problems.

Treatment includes exercise programmes, personal gym programmes, manual therapies such as joint mobilisations and ergonomic advice.

You can receive updates and advice from the team by following them on:

Twitter @OldhamMSKPhysio


  • Individual treatment plan
  • Gym rehabilitation programme
  • Gym based exercise classes
  • Virtual exercise classes

Patient parking is available but please allow time to find a parking space if you arrive by car.

If English is not your first language then an interpreter can be arranged. Please make us aware of this prior to your appointment. We always use trained interpreters as family members may be unfamiliar with some medical terms. Interpreter bookings require 48 hours’ notice.

We are committed to providing a quality and timely service to all our patients.

If you fail to attend your appointment we will assume you don't need treatment.

Please provide 24 hours’ notice if you need to cancel so we can offer your appointment to someone else on our waiting list. Failure to do so may mean that you will not be offered another appointment and your referring doctor will be notified of this.

What will happen at my first appointment?

Your first appointment will involve a face-to-face assessment. The physiotherapist will ask you questions about your condition and discuss and agree the best treatment plan with you. This may involve a physical examination. Please bring a list of any medicines that you take. See below about what to wear.

How long does a treatment session last?

Your initial assessment will usually last 40 minutes and the subsequent follow-up treatment sessions will last about 20 minutes. We operate a strict appointment system so please be on time for your appointment, as we may not be able to see late arrivals.

What will I have to wear?

The physiotherapist may ask you to remove items of clothing e.g. t-shirt / blouse but they will not ask you to remove your underwear. If you have a back or lower limb problem e.g. knee or hip you may wish to bring shorts to change into. For a neck or upper limb problem e.g. shoulder, you may wish to wear a vest.

How many treatment sessions will I need?

There is no predetermined number of treatments for a specific condition. However, following your initial assessment, your physiotherapist will discuss and agree a treatment plan with you and give you an indication of how many treatments you may need. This may include advice and strategies to self manage your problem. Some follow-up appointments may be conducted by telephone.

Will it hurt?

A physiotherapist’s aim is not to increase your pain. After the assessment and some treatments you may experience short term discomfort which should settle. If the increased discomfort does not settle within 2 days, please contact us for advice. You must tell the therapist if you are experiencing high levels of discomfort during your treatments.

Werneth Primary Care Centre
Featherstall Road South
Werneth, Oldham


Physiotherapy Out Patient Department
Royal Oldham Hospital
Rochdale Road Oldham OL1 2JH 

  • GP referrals – via electronic referral system
  • Self-Referral –
  • Referral from a consultant from out of the borough
  • Referrals from Pennine Musculoskeletal Service
  • Referrals from other physiotherapy teams within the trust

Keeping active information

Being active can reduce the risk of developing major illnesses such as heart disease and diabetes, and make a real impact on your overall health and wellbeing. The links below will take you to a range of free resources to help you to move and exercise more.

 NHS fitness studio

Get Oldham Active

 OCL Exercise Referral Scheme:

 Keeping Active and Healthy

Rehabilitation Exercises

Accessibility tools

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