Musculoskeletal service


The Musculoskeletal (MSK) Service is provided by the NHS for people who have problems with their muscles, joints and bones. These conditions are the most commonly reported work-related illness, and take up more than 30 per cent of all GP consultations. If you have joint, muscle or bone pain, you will want the fastest access to the most up-to-date information to try and improve your symptoms.


Each year, NHS Scotland delivers around 4.5million outpatient appointments of which one third are new and two thirds are review sessions.


The Scottish Governments The Modern Outpatient: A Collaborative Approach 2017-2020 outlines a vision to enable as many people as possible to get the fastest access to advice, support and self-management information as close to home as possible. One way this can be done is by reducing the need for face-to-face appointments and embracing modern technology.


This website is a collaborative effort from local consultants and therapists to provide you with the advice we give to the people who attend our appointments on a daily basis. It includes access to the most current evidence on what exercises you should be doing for certain conditions and directs you to appropriate links to assist you with lifestyle choices that will help manage your symptoms long-term.


We have specifically designed exercise clips that you can access from the comfort of your own home, safe in the knowledge that they are provided by NHS Ayrshire & Arran healthcare professionals. This has been shown to support self-management of long-term conditions by giving access to advice for people who have difficulty attending appointments due to their location or employment status. It means we can provide you with the right care at the right time in your home environment.


Please click on the body area above for current information and advice for some of the most common MSK conditions.


Funding has been allocated to test the role of an advanced practitioner physiotherapist as the first point of contact at family doctor (GP) practices. Read more about this below.


MSK advice


Anterior knee pain

Osteoarthritis of the knee

Knee exercises

Useful links