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Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy (MSK): Herts and Essex Community Hospital


The team provide treatment, therapy and support to help with a variety of issues involving the musculoskeletal system to help restore a range of movement and strength.

Service Information

The team physiotherapy treatment for musculoskeletal problems (MSK) such as neck, back, knee and shoulder problems, as well as other muscle or joint problems such as strains and arthritis for people living in Harlow, Epping, Dunmow, Saffron Walden and surrounding areas.

We do not treat Neurological conditions such as Stroke, Parkinson’s disease or Multiple Sclerosis and Respiratory conditions.  We do not provide home visits, this is via our community service.

Referral Information

Only patients who are 18 years old and over and who have a GP situated in West Essex can refer themselves to this service.  This area includes most of Harlow, Epping, Dunmow, Saffron Walden and surrounding areas.

The easiest way to self-refer is to complete a Physiotherapy Self Referral Form.  Once you have completed the form to the right you can send it as an e-mail attachment or print and post as directed on the form. You can also telephone us on 01279 827404  if you require help with the form. Please note that we do not offer appointments over the phone.

*Please note that the self-referral form must be completed using a laptop or computer. The form is not compatible with phones or tablets. If you complete the form using a mac computer, please save it as a .PDF document.

It is important that you do not self-refer if you have any of the following:

  • Pregnancy
  • Unexplained weight loss
  • Unexplained bladder or bowel symptoms
  • A previous diagnosis of cancer
  • Fever or night sweats
  • Unsteadiness on your feet
  • Pins and needles or numbness in both arms and legs.

If you have any of these conditions or symptoms it is important you speak to your GP first.

Referrals will be assessed by the physiotherapy team to ensure we have all the information we need.

You will be offered one of the following depending on your symptoms

  •  1:1 appointment with a physiotherapist
  •  Education workshop and exercise advice by an experienced physiotherapist

Following triage we will advise you on the next stage in your treatment.

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