New phone app for back problems

A NEW smartphone app to help people with muscle, back and joint problems has been launched by NHS 24 and The Scottish Centre for Healthy Working Lives.

Musculoskeletal (MSK) conditions affect joints, muscles and backs and are both common and costly for patients, the NHS and employers. They also represent one in four GP consultations.

The app contains a wide range of information for people affected by MSK problems including what to do, short exercise clips and a log and reminder feature offering prompts for exercise and healthcare appointments. Its development follows the successful launch last year of the MSK zone at

Included in the new app is a special section on work which has been developed in partnership with The Scottish Centre for Healthy Working Lives providing information, advice and links to other useful websites for people of working age and managers.

The new MSK app can be downloaded for iPhone, iPad and Android ‘phones from the usual app stores.