If you have a pain in your back, your hip, wrist, ankle - pretty much anywhere - you might have a musculoskeletal condition (often referred to as MSK ). MSK conditions affect your bones, joints and muscles. There are over 200 MSK conditions.
You will probably start off by going to see your GP or a First Contact Practitioner and if they think you need to see someone who knows a lot about musculoskeletal conditions you might be seen by a MICAS clinician.
MICAS is delivered by GPs with a Specialist Interest in Sports and Exercise Medicine together with Advanced Physiotherapist Practitioners.
They will review your symptoms and provide specialist assessments. The MICAS clinician can refer you to other services available at St George's University Hospitals such as physiotherapy or rheumatology to ensure you receive the right treatment as quickly as possible.
Simply select which condition you need help with. Once these steps are complete, you will be sent an email with all the information on how to get started.
The getUbetter app is provided free as part of your care in Wandsworth.
If you use the getUbetter app you will notice that it only refers to local services.
The app supports patients to self manage their condition and recovery day-by-day with personalised, evidence-based behaviour change techniques and it will provide you with:
- Easily accessible, targeted and personalised self-management information to help you day by day, and step by step
- Exercises based on your stage of recovery
- Direct booking of local treatments such as physiotherapy and well-being services within Wandsworth
- Reassurance and support to self-manage
The app also includes symptom checking, nudges, videos, exercises and outcome measures to help you track your own progress.
Throughout the pandemic we have maintained contact with patients using accuRx, a text messaging and video consultation platform and our MICAS administration team has been available to take calls and answer questions. To ensure we meet national guidance we have adopted a virtual first approach but even at its peak, we were able to offer face-to-face appointments when it was clinically appropriate, in a safe environment.
MICAS Clinic Information
We are usually able to offer appointments at three locations to suit you.
Wakehurst Road, Battersea, SW11 6BF
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Roehampton Lane, London, SW15 5PN
162 St John's Hill, London, SW11 1SW
Clinic appointments are managed by the MICAS administration team and they will contact you to arrange a suitable time and day for our Specialist MSK Clinicians to assess your condition.
Who you would like to see?
If you have a preference when it comes to a clinician you would like to see for example male or female please do discuss this with the team when they contact you to arrange your appointment.
Would you like to bring someone with you?
If you would like to bring a chaperone to your appointment or would like us to arrange for someone to be there with you please do discuss this with the team when they contact you to arrange your appointment.
Do you need to let us know about anything else you might need?
If there is anything else that you think you might need before or during your appointment please do discuss this with the team when they contact you and they will try and make the necessary arrangements.
What to bring to your appointment
It would be helpful to bring with you a list of all medications you are currently taking and any discs or letters regarding your X-rays, scans, or MRI tests. You may also want to wear appropriate clothing that will allow for ease of movement.
We value all feedback as it is essential for the growth and development of the service and we would also just really like to hear from you. If you have not already had the opportunity to complete our patient feedback form please do click on the link and you will be taken to our online form.
If you would like to know how to access information we hold about you please click here