Specialist Musculoskeletal (MSK) Physiotherapy in Melbourne

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Specialist MSK Physio

Peak MSK Physiotherapy is a leading Melbourne physio clinic specialising in back, neck and jaw pain. Recognised by the Australian Physiotherapy Association for Specialist Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy, our team provides evidence-based treatment and services across a wide range of modalities.

Specialist Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy helps those suffering complex conditions including jaw conditions (TMJ / TMD) along with other head and neck disorders, dizziness, whiplash, headaches and migraine, and back pain. Our Specialist Physio also provides second opinions, medico-legal reviews for clients, doctors and other health professionals.

What is Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy?

Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy is a subdiscipline of physiotherapy that concerns the thorough assessment, precise diagnosis and optimal management of aches, pains and dysfunctions arising from the muscles, tendons, ligaments, joints and the nerve system.

The comprehensive musculoskeletal assessment considers all regions of the body, interpretation of investigations and reviewing and applying evidence-based treatment.

What is the difference between seeing a Specialist Musculoskeletal Physiotherapist and a general Physiotherapist?

There are three tiers of expertise in physiotherapy.

  • Generalist Physiotherapist: with an entry-level degree admitting the clinician to practise physiotherapy.
  • Titled Physiotherapist: The clinician holds further qualifications in a specialised area of physiotherapy. This is usually completed by a university post-graduate course of further physiotherapy study.
  • Specialist Physiotherapist: The clinician has completed the rigorous training and examination programme to become a Fellow of the Australian College of Physiotherapists. This includes participation in education to other physiotherapists, advanced professional development, and involvement in relevant research and publication. They use the post-nominals FACP with the degree qualifications. They hold the highest level of clinical qualification within the Physiotherapy profession and are seen as leaders in the profession.

How does a Specialist Musculoskeletal Physiotherapist work?

Specialist Physiotherapists provide equal or better usual care in comparison to medical practitioners in terms of diagnostic accuracy, treatment effectiveness, use of healthcare resources, economic costs and patient satisfaction.

Using advanced skills in examination and treatment, they provide an in-depth assessment of complex conditions and provide a diagnosis with explanation of the contributing factors.

You get a clear understanding of what your problem with guidance to best manage it. This includes

  • Determination if physiotherapy is right for your condition.
  • Estimated timeframe for recovery and kinds of treatment or services.
  • Lifestyle education, so you can engage in your recovery.
  • Liaison with other treating health professionals.
  • Screen for other problems that require alternative treatments.

When should I see a Specialist Musculoskeletal Physiotherapist?

  • For advanced assessment and treatment of complex clinical problems.
  • Unclear diagnosis.
  • Recovery has not progressed as expected.
  • Check for exhaustion of conservative management options.
  • On recommendation from your usual treating practioner with the intent of obtaining a specialist opinion on your problem and treatment.
  • Screen for other medical conditions that may influence your recovery and need for other medical services.
  • Second opinions and review of treatment planning.

If you have seen other clinicians or have had limited treatment success, or the issue has been persistent over three months. We recommend that first appointment is one hour to allow time to listen to you, provide a thorough assessment and outline your treatment and get it started.

Our Specialist Musculoskeletal Physiotherapists

Dr Jayce Gilbert

Dr Jayce Gilbert

Specialist Musculoskeletal Physiotherapist*

Find a Specialist Musculoskeletal Physiotherapist in Cheltenham

If you’re searching for a southern suburbs physio, Peak MSK is conveniently located in Cheltenham and we serve clients throughout the Bayside area. Our wheelchair-accessible clinic has free on-site parking, or for those preferring to take public transport, there are plenty of bus routes that stop along Bay road and near Reserve road.

Brighton & Brighton East
Hampton & Hampton East
Black Rock

Remote and International Patients

Although we are based in Melbourne, if you require a Specialist Musculoskeletal Physiotherapist we can cater to clients throughout Australia and internationally through convenient online physio telehealth appointments.

If you are not in the local area or simply unable to get to our clinic, we can provide online physio appointments giving you access to Specialist Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy, sports injury treatment and occupational injury management.

Book an appointment with our team with no referral required - we would be happy to meet with you to discuss your challenges and set your goals.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Do I need a referral to see a Specialist Musculoskeletal Physiotherapist (SMP)?

No, a referral is not required for private patients. If you have funding with Worksafe, TAC or DVA, you will need a referral. We are not a bulk billing practice. You will need to pay the full cost of treatment at the time of your appointment and claim your rebate back from Medicare or Compensable body.

Can I use my health insurance for Specialist Physiotherapy treatments?

Yes, if your private health fund policy covers Physiotherapy you can claim for treatment. Alternatively, if you have access to a Medicare Enhanced Primary Care plan (EPC) you can use this towards the session fees.

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* Conferred by Fellowship of the Australian College of Physiotherapists in 2010