The physiotherapists are true magicians when it comes to their ability to relieve chronic MSK pain and disability,either from sports injuries or poor posture at work or from degenerative conditions. They have a wealth of knowledge and expertise and a lot of wonderful gadgets, that can accelerate the healing process. But their services are often sought late or not as frequently as it should. This could be because of 3 reasons ( to my mind ) 1) their capabilities are often underestimated by orthopedicians and GPs alike 2) their modalities of Rx ( and it's scope and applications / indications ), remain largely a mystery to the rest of the medical community 3) patien't want quick fixes, so they will prefer NSAIDS or steroids, than visits to the physiotherapist ( which could stretch for weeks ). It's up to us to educate our patients, that outside of surgery - there are no quick fixes and even surgery will require phased rehab ( running into weeks ). I will try and demystify all the modalities used in physiotherapy and specific injuries later in the thread. Suggestions are welcome, but pls. don't post any thank you or similar messages as it will break the flow of the thread.