A physiotherapist is qualified to assess and physically examine patients which along with careful history taking can make a clinical diagnosis of a painful or stiff condition that is preventing normal movement and function.
There are many conditions that can be helped by physiotherapy below are some of the more common ones:
Once a careful clinical assessment has been made by a thorough examination including tests and hands-on techniques, the treatment plan is discussed with you. This may just be advice, but usually includes joint mobilisation, soft tissue manipulation/massage, exercises to correct muscle imbalance and poor core stability, stretches, electrotherapy (ultrasound, TENS machines) advice with pain management and the all important self help techniques and home exercise programmes to ensure the problem remains a distant memory!
Most of our physiotherapists are also qualified to use acupuncture as a pain relieving technique. They are all members of the AACP (Acupuncture Association of Chartered Physiotherapists) and therefore employ safe practice
It is most important the physiotherapist finds the root cause of your condition. Just treating the current symptoms is useless if the problem is going to recur as soon as the treatment stops. This can often be old injuries, incorrect training, long standing postural issues, poor muscle control and in extremely rare circumstances, serious pathology e.g. tumours/fractures.
Occasionally after examination the physiotherapist may feel additional tests need to be done i.e. MRI scans, X-rays, ultrasound scans etc, If this is the case, we can then liase with your GP and request these to be done. The clinic also has excellent relationships with local orthopaedic specialist consultants and we can advise the right person to see with your problem if necessary.
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