A GP Advanced Physiotherapy Practitioner (APP) now works within your GP practice. If you have, or think you have, a musculoskeletal (MSK) problem they provide an alternative to seeing you GP.
They provide expert assessment of MSK conditions i.e. muscle, bone and joint problems such as back, neck, shoulder or knee pain. They can provide you with a clinical diagnosis, give you advice on how to manage the problem and suggest appropriate exercise for you to work on independently.
With your agreement and when appropriate, they can refer you to specialist services such as physiotherapy for supported rehab, X-Ray or Orthopaedics. If needed, they can liaise with your GP to arrange medication or discuss any non- MSK symptoms which might have been found.
You can request an appointment with the GP APP; you may also be directed to them by reception staff who have had training to help them guide you to GP APP. Your GP may also ask you to see the GP APP for an expert MSK opinion.