Physiotherapy (musculoskeletal) - Fairfield Hospital [Bury], Bury Community

We hope this page will be helpful in providing you with information about our service, what to anticipate during an appointment, and tools to help you manage your health.

We are the Fairfield General Hospital's MSK (musculoskeletal) physiotherapy service, providing holistic care for musculoskeletal conditions, post operative rehabilitation, rheumatological, pelvic health and chronic pain conditions.

When organising your care, we want to know what matters most to you. We'll listen to your worries and work together to determine your treatment objectives and how we can best support you in achieving them.

Physiotherapists help people affected by injury, illness or disability through movement and exercise, manual therapy, education and advice.

They maintain health for people of all ages, helping patients to manage pain and prevent disease.

The profession helps to encourage development and facilitate recovery, enabling people to stay in work while helping them remain independent for as long as possible.

Face to Face appointments

If it is your first appointment, a physiotherapist will carry out a 30-40 minute assessment to determine the nature of your problems and work with you to develop a treatment plan. This will compromise of 3 stages. We begin by listening to why you are here, your experiences with the problem and what you may want to achieve. We may ask more questions around it to get a full picture of how we can help you.

Next section compromises of our physical assessment, you may be asked to remove some clothing to help the physiotherapist have a better look at the area. You may find it more comfortable to have a vest top or shorts to change into.

Finally, we move onto the treatment/ exercise portion of the session. Depending on what we have identified in the first two stages, our planned rehab will be targeted to the discussed goals.

If this is your follow up appointment, it should last 20-30 minutes and be more targeted on following the plan set from the first appointment. 

Telephone appointments

If a telephone appointment has been arranged, a physiotherapist will phone you. Over the phone, we will be able to discuss your condition and give appropriate advice. You may be given another telephone appointment after or be asked to attend a face to face appointment in the clinic.  

Can’t make your appointment?

If you aren’t able to attend your appointment, please give us a call or email us within 24 hours. Contact details can be found on this page. Due to high demand on our services, if you fail to attend your appointment and have not contacted us you may be discharged in line with the Trust access policy.

MSK Physiotherapy Admin Office

For any enquires, or if you need to make or cancel an appointment, please phone the MSK Physiotherapy Admin Office on: 

Phone line: 0161 778 3882 (Lines are open Monday to Friday 8.00am – 4.30pm)

Or email us at:

If you cannot attend your appointment, please give 24 hours' notice by either contact method. Due to high demand on our services, if you fail to attend your appointment and have not contacted us you may be discharged in line with the Trust access policy.

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Further Guidance

Neck pain is extremely common. In their lifetime, 40–70% of persons will experience a substantial episode of neck pain. While there may be a history of injuries, such as from a vehicle accident, it frequently develops for no apparent reason. Persistent neck pain is linked to being overweight, adopting bad posture and mobility during the workday, and experiencing high levels of stress.

Sometimes tingling, numbness, and arm discomfort can coexist with neck pain. This could indicate that a nerve in the neck is irritated. Even in these cases, discomfort normally goes away on its own over a few weeks or months, requiring no special treatment. Should you experience a recent onset of weakness in your arms or legs in addition to neck pain, you should speak with your general practitioner.

Shoulder pain is a common problem in adult life. It can be the result of an injury or it can start without a known cause. Often shoulder pain responds well to simple advice and self- management. The shoulder joint is the most mobile joint in the body. It’s a ball and socket joint which enables a very wide range of movement supported by the rotator cuff muscles and tendons.

Common diagnosis we treat are:

Subacromial Pain

Subacromial pain syndrome is an umbrella term for pain that starts in the shoulder and can travel down the arm or to the neck. It is the most typical cause of shoulder discomfort. It could develop due to injury, trauma, repetitive strain, age related changes or sometimes, without any reason. The main symptom is pain in the upper arm caused by specific movements or activities. These are usually activities that involve lifting the arm above shoulder level and reaching behind the back, for example when putting a jacket on.

Frozen shoulder

Frozen shoulder, also known as adhesive capsulitis, is a painful condition that results in stiffness of the shoulder joint.  A frozen shoulder can develop without any cause but it can also occur after an injury or surgery. The shoulder joint is surrounded by a joint capsule. The joint capsule is normally flexible and loose which allows the shoulder joint to move freely.  In a frozen shoulder the capsule becomes thickened and inflamed. This causes the shoulder to become painful and stiff. Frozen shoulders can get better in time without any treatment. There are treatments that can help with the pain and to maintain or improve your shoulder movement. These include pain relief and gentle exercises.

Degenerative Rotatorcuff tear

The rotator cuff muscles interlock to work as a unit. They help to stabilise the shoulder joint and help with shoulder joint movement. The four tendons of the rotator cuff muscles join to form one larger tendon, called the rotator cuff tendon. This tendon attaches to the bony surface at the top of the upper arm bone (the head of the humerus). As we age the rotator cuff can be susceptible to degenerative changes which could then cause a defect in the tendons. The onset is usually gradual over many years and often unnoticed as the shoulder compensates for it. 20-40% of people in their 60’s function normally with this with no pain or noticeable weakness.

Trauma, repetitive movements, overuse injuries can often result in elbow pain, however pain could also start gradually without a known cause. The elbow joint is a hinge joint that connects the forearm's radius and ulna to the upper arm's humerus. Elbow pain problems often respond well to simple advice and self- management.

Common elbow pain diagnosis include:

Tennis elbow (lateral epicondylitis) 

Usually on the outer elbow where the forearm muscle tendons attach on or around the lateral epicondyle. It is typically made worse when making a strong grip or with wrist movements. Pain can radiate down the forearm and occasionally above the elbow into the upper arm. Evidence has shown that exercise can be very effective at reducing pain and improving use of the arm.

Golfers elbow (medical epicondylitis)

Usually on the inner elbow where the forearm muscle tendons attach on or around the medial epicondyle. It is typically made worse when making a strong grip or with wrist movements. Pain can radiate down the forearm and occasionally above the elbow into the upper arm. Evidence has shown that exercise can be very effective at reducing pain and improving use of the arm.

The hand needs a complex network of tendons to function as a unit in order to move. These tendons are located next to several nerves that provide us hand sensation, strength, and touch. The wrist and hand complex may move and function abnormally if any of these structures are damaged, and pain may arise during specific activities.

Common hand diagnosis include:


De Quervain’s disease causes pain when you move your wrist and thumb, and usually a tender swelling at the base of your thumb. Two of the tendons that move your thumb usually glide freely through a tight tunnel at the base of your thumb. If the tunnel thickens and becomes too tight, it becomes painful to move your thumb and you may experience stiffness or locking when you move it.

Carpal Tunnel

The carpal tunnel is a channel at the wrist that runs between the bones and a strong band of connective tissue. Within this tunnel, you have blood vessels, the median nerve and several tendons that help you move your fingers and wrist. When the median nerve runs through this tunnel, it can be compressed and may result in carpal tunnel syndrome. Symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome include pain, a tingling sensation, numbness and/or a burning sensation in the hand or fingers. Usually worse at night or first thing in the morning, gripping objects or continuous use of the hand like typing.

Base of Thumb Arthritis

Thumb arthritis is osteoarthritis, which is loss of the smooth cartilage surface covering the ends of the bones in the joints. The cartilage becomes thin and rough, and the bone ends can rub together. Osteoarthritis can develop at any age, but usually appears after the age of 45. Intense pain, swelling, and a reduction in strength and range of motion can result from thumb arthritis, making it challenging to do daily activities like opening jars and turning doorknobs.

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