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Musculoskeletal Community Specialist Service (MSK CSS)

If you’re living with knee pain we can offer advice, and specialist assessment and treatment to suit your needs.

Knee pain could be caused by a number of different reasons, such as an injury or a long-term health condition.

Once you’ve been referred to us by your GP, we’ll recommend the right treatment to suit you. In some cases, this may involve a referral to our one of our physiotherapy or orthopaedics teams.

If instead we think you it will help improve your knee pain, we may offer specialist assessment.  

We’ll complete a physical examination and ask you about your symptoms, and how they’re affecting your day to day life. For parts of the assessment, we may ask you to move around, and so we suggest that you wear loose clothing.

We may for further testing, such as X-rays, MRI (Magnetic Resonance Imaging) or blood tests.

You’re welcome to bring a friend or a family member along to the assessment

Read our MSK CSS service leaflet


Depending on your results, we’ll offer different treatments, such as:

  • One-to-one Physiotherapy sessions, to help improve your movement and strength
  • An orthopaedic Surgical opinion, to talk to you if you do need surgery to help your symptoms
  • Arranging onward referral to our other services, such as our integrated pain and spinal service (IPASS), neurology or rheumatology

Find out more about our IPASS service

After your assessment, we’ll send you and your GP information about your treatment plan and any further tests we need to carry out.

To access our service, you need to be over 18 years old and registered with a GP in West Berkshire, such as Thatcham, Newbury and Calcot.

You also need to have had your knee pain seen to be your GP first. If the pain hasn’t improved, they will refer you to our service.

Your GP will need to make the referral for you through e-referral and filling out our referral form.

We provide support in clinics across West Berkshire. Depending on your needs and where you live, we may be able to arrange your appointment at a clinic close to you.

Our team is available to contact between 8.30am to 4.30pm, Monday to Friday.

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
8.30am - 4.30pm 8.30am - 4.30pm 8.30am - 4.30pm 8.30am - 4.30pm 8.30am - 4.30pm

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