Middlewood Musculoskeletal Page

We see many people coming to see us with pains in different parts of their body.  This can be an acute injury such as sprained knee or an ongoing pain which they need help with like chronic lower back pain or osteoarthritis. Some studies have shown that up to 20% of a traditional GP’s contact are related to musculoskeletal problems.

There are lots of things that we can do within Middlewood to help you which mean which we can deal with your problems without needing to send you to hospital.

In order to help our patients as much as possible we have committed to expanding our team to give people the best service we can provide in primary care.  We have partnered with East Cheshire Trust to provide specialist musculoskeletal first contact practitioners as well as our physiotherapy colleagues who have long provided an excellent service in our various bases.  This is alongside our GPs, especially those with a specialist interest, who provide additional diagnostic and therapeutic input.

We are delighted to provide a service which includes both diagnosis, access to physiotherapy, joint injection and access to diagnostics test to help you the very best way we can.

The Role of First Contact Practitioners

Musculoskeletal first contact practitioners (MSK FCP) are physiotherapists with enhanced skills in assessment and diagnostics. They can help patients with musculoskeletal complaints such as back, neck and joint pain by:

  • assessing and diagnosing MSK complaints
  • referring for imaging, e.g. X-Rays, MRIs and ultrasound scans
  • referring for blood tests
  • carrying out joint injections where appropriate
  • giving expert advice on how best to manage their conditions
  • referring onto specialist services, e.g. physiotherapy, GPs and orthopaedics

We are here to see conditions such as arthritis, joint and muscle pain, soft tissue injuries and nerve related symptoms such as sciatica.  Patients will now be able to contact their local MSK FCP directly via AskMyGP, rather than waiting to see a GP or being referred to hospital.

By making it easier for patients to access this service, patients will have quicker access to diagnosis and treatment, helping them to manage their conditions more effectively and recover faster, so they can get back to normal life quickly.  They will help GPs to manage their workload more effectively, and reduce the need for onward referrals.

Click for Advice on Pain in Different Sites

Shoulder Pain

Knee Pain

Elbow Pain

Hip Pain

Lower Back Pain

Ankle Pain

Neck Pain

Foot Pain

Wrist Pain

What to Expect with Orthopaedic Procedures

Middlewood MSK Team Members

Vicki Austin

First Contact Practitioner

Jack Mullins

First Contact Practitioner

Dr Philipp Gruenbeck

GP and MSK Lead

Dr John Burnett

GP and MSK Lead

Hilary Dickey


Pauline Jervis


Judy Dawkins


Chrissie Raynham