Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy Exercises and Advice

These web pages have advice about a range of musculoskeletal problems, aches and pains including causes, treatments and excerises.

You can also visit the NHS website Health A-Z for further information. 

Getting help and advice

Musculoskeletal injuries usually get better on its own within a few weeks or months and you may not need to see a doctor or other healthcare professional.

But it's a good idea to get help if:

  • The pain does not start to improve within a few weeks
  • The pain stops you doing your day-to-day activities
  • The pain is very severe or gets worse over time
  • You're worried about the pain or struggling to cope

You can self-refer to Physiotherapy by completing the form below. 

Find out more about the service here:

Self-Referral Form 

Once completed, you can send the completed form to:

Post: Physiotherapy Central Booking Department, Chippenham Community Hospital, Rowden Hill, Chippenham SN15 2AJ

When to get immediate medical advice

You should contact a GP or NHS 111 immediately if you have back pain and:

  • Numbness or tingling around your genitals or buttocks
  • Difficulty peeing
  • Loss of bladder or bowel control – peeing or pooing yourself
  • Chest pain
  • A high temperature
  • Unintentional weight loss
  • A swelling or a deformity in your back
  • It does not improve after resting or is worse at night
  • It started after a serious accident, such as after a car accident
  • The pain is so bad you're having problems sleeping
  • Pain is made worse when sneezing, coughing or pooing
  • The pain is coming from the top of your back, between your shoulders, rather than your lower back

These problems could be a sign of something more serious and need to be checked urgently.