Lincolnshire Community launch website for patients with joint and muscle conditions

Lincolnshire Community Health Services NHS Trust has launched a new physiotherapy website offering support for Lincolnshire patients struggling with muscle and joint conditions.

With the introduction of the website, the trust aims to provide patients with a central point of information concerning some of the most common musculoskeletal conditions, as well as promoting self-care to members of the public and to remain active as possible.

The website contains sections offering advice and self-help information for managing specific conditions which commonly affect areas of the body.

Including additional information on wider aspects of health, the website also contains advice on getting fitter, caring for mental health and longstanding pain.

In the Lincolnshire Community statement, the trust says that musculoskeletal conditions (MSK) affect one in four adults in the UK and that more years are lived with musculoskeletal disability than any other long-term conditions.

Jonathan Brightwell, Clinical Team Lead for MSK Treatment Service at LCHS, said of the new website: “There has been increased demand for remote services during the pandemic. The website offers an additional way for patients to access trusted information with regards to their health. These include downloadable advice and exercise sheets covering a variety of specific conditions which are all supported with short videos demonstrating how to best ease aches and pains.”

Emma Ivemey, Clinical Team Lead for MSK First Contact Physiotherapy Services at LCHS, added: “We are incredibly proud of our new website and hope our NHS partners and the wider community of Lincolnshire will be able to benefit from the use of this resource as we make our way out of the pandemic.

“A lot of people have been less active, working from home and somewhat isolated. We know that inactivity is a major contributing factor to musculoskeletal pain and hope that the information on this website will empower them to manage their condition and remain as independent and active as they can.”