What is Physiotherapy?
Chartered Physiotherapists combine their knowledge and skills to treat a broad range of disorders of the musculoskeletal system. The term musculoskeletal refers to:
- Muscles & Tendons
- Bones & Joints
- Ligaments & Cartilage
- Spinal Discs
Physiotherapy management consists of a range of approaches including manual assessment and treatment techniques, specific therapeutic exercise, manipulation, acupuncture, electrotherapy and advice on posture and movement disorders.
- Pain relief
- Long term improvements in joint mobility
- Better coordination and improved strength
What does it treat?
Physiotherapy offers a variety of specialised services of benefit to patients with:
- Traumatic & non-traumatic work related injuries
- Sports injuries
- Joint & Nerve Injuries
- Neck Pain & Headaches
- Back Pain & Sciatica
- Fractures & Dislocations
- Muscle and ligament injuries
- Post-operative rehabilitation and recovery
Becoming a physiotherapist takes a minimum of 3-4 years of degree training. To practice as a physiotherapist, you must be registered with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC). In order to register with the HCPC, you first need to successfully complete an approved degree (BSc) in physiotherapy. Courses can differ but all involve a lot of practical therapy.
Once qualified most physiotherapists ‘rotate’ around different specialists within an NHS hospital, a process that lasts 2-3 years. Successful completion of these rotations usually leads to a more senior role within a certain specialty. Some senior physiotherapists choose to center with the NHS while others might move into private practice.
Once registered as a practitioner, you’ll be required to retain your name on the register by keeping your knowledge and skills up to date.
It is really important to ensure that your physiotherapist or anybody treating you has the right qualifications and training.
Take a look at our Physiotherapy team,
you can read about their training and experience as well and look at each of the specialisms to help you decide the Clinician most suited to you and your injury. Or if you’d prefer, our reception team will be more than happy to advice the best clinician for you when you call to make an enquiry or book an appointment.
How long do treatments sessions last?
An initial consultation can take up to 45 minutes depending on problems any follow up treatments take upto 30 minutes.
How long before I see a difference or am fully recovered?
Recovery time can vary, some patients see immediate improvements whilst others take a few sessions before they start to notice a difference. Likewise some patients will achieve complete recovery, whilst others achieve improvements and some pain relief. We can usually give a more accurate recovery time and diagnosis after the initial consultation
Will it hurt?
You shouldn’t experience any pain you cannot tolerate, some people may find parts of their treatment uncomfortable, depending on the problem, but your clinicians should tell you what to expect. If anything is getting too uncomfortable it’s important you tell your clinician immediately.
Will I be able to go back to work/drive immediately after treatment?
Yes, in the majority of cases there is no reason you cannot continue with the day to day activities you were doing before your appointments. Although it may be advisable to take things a little bit easier after treatment but it’s very unlikely you will experience any serious side effects.
What should I wear for treatment?
This depends on the area that needs treating, generally its recommended you bring a pair of shorts and wear comfortable, loose clothing so the Clinician can easily access the area that is causing you a problem. i.e Shorts for a knee problem
Do I need to bring anything else with me?
In most cases the answer to this question is no, come as you are. However if you have had an MRI scan or a diagnosis from a doctor it would be useful to have this information with you.