Musculoskeletal Physiotherapist

Musculoskeletal physiotherapists will work with individuals suffering from conditions of the bones or muscle. This can include issues of growth and development, readjustment, or aiding with recovery after injury or illness. This field can deal in a wide range of treatments, both preventative and responsive. Addressing issues such as pain, motor disorders, aging, trauma and injury is an important part of this role. This field of physiotherapy will address a wide range of patients with a variety of concerns, and will require knowledge of limitations and mechanisms of the musculoskeletal system as well as various treatment options.


Gaining qualification and titling as a Specialist Physiotherapist requires advanced expertise and experience in the specialisation area. There are two pathways to becoming a specialist – experiential and academic – both of which require being a qualified physiotherapist and joining the relevant national group for the field of expertise. The experiential pathway then requires at least five years’ worth of practical experience, including three years in the relevant field of expertise, along with evidence of engagement in professional development during this time. The academic pathway requires the completion of an approved Masters course as well as two years’ clinical experience with evidence of working the relevant field.