In the UK, more than 1 in 5 GP appointments are for musculoskeletal (MSK) problems, the second most common reason for patients visiting their GP according to Royal College of GPs studies.
Musculoskeletal (MSK) conditions encompass muscles, bones, joints, back pain and rarer autoimmune diseases. There are over 200 types of musculoskeletal conditions which have a detrimental effect on quality of life.
Having MSK practitioners, working within GP practices, means that patients can be seen more quickly in longer, more in-depth appointments. MSK practitioners are experienced physiotherapists (or other allied healthcare professionals) who are able to assess, diagnose and treat patients with joint and muscle pain.
Charlene Dudley & Zoe Bater will be working for Thame Primary Care Network (a collaboration of practices including The Rycote Practice in Thame, Morland House in Wheatley and Chalgrove and Watlington surgeries. Zoe will be based at The Chiltern & Brook surgeries on Tuesdays.
She has worked as a MSK Practitioner for many years in both hospital and primary care settings and has a wealth of experience treating patients with acute and chronic conditions.
Charlene & Zoe are able to assess, diagnose and treat anyone over the age of 16. They can offer advice on self-management, lifestyle, activity modification, pain relief and evidence-based exercise programmes.
Where necessary, they can arrange further investigations including blood tests, x-rays, ultrasound and MRI scans. In addition she is able to instigate referrals for a course of physiotherapy or to other specialists for review if needed. They ae also trained to perform steroid injections where clinically indicated.
You can book a free NHS appointment with Charlene either by calling the practice on 01865 890760 or 01491 612444, or by completing an eConsultation request for joint pain via our website Watlingtonfirstname.lastname@example.org. Your GP may also refer you to the MSK Practitioner after triaging your condition over the telephone.