Physiotherapy uses movement and exercise, manual therapy, education and advice to help people affected by injury, illness or disability.
What conditions may be suitable for physiotherapy?
- Chronic musculoskeletal pain such as back pain, temporomandibular (jaw) joint pain or neck pain
- Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (ME) and fibromyalgia
- Restore movement and function to as near normal as possible when someone is affected by injury or illness
- To teach patients how to manage their symptoms to maintain independence
It is helpful to bring comfortable clothes and footwear to change into if necessary such as shorts, leggings and vest tops.
At your first appointment the physiotherapist will ask you about your medical condition and examine you. You may also be asked tocomplete a questionnaire to assess the severity of your condition or to do a simple fitness test (usually a timed walk) to help determine what treatments are needed. The physiotherapist will then devise a treatment plan over six treatment sessions.
Your progress is checked at the end of the sessions and you will be asked to complete some more questionnaires. A progress report will be sent to your GP and referring doctor.
You may be referred to one of these classes:
- Pilates - a gentle form of exercise mostly performed lying on a mat. Pilates enhances relaxation, improves mood, core strength and flexibility. It is particularly useful for developing a strong, flexible spine to help prevent recurrence of back pain.
- Graded exercise therapy class - a gym based class that includes stretching, aerobic and strengthening exercises. These start at your own level of capability and gradually progress at a rate that does not worsen your symptoms.
- Chronic back pain education programmea six week programme which teaches you about the causes of pain and how to manage it effectively.
- Techniques such as manual (‘hands on’) therapy, exercise prescription and acupuncture may also be used.
If you are unable to attend your appointment please let us know at least 48 hours beforehand so we can offer your appointment mto someone else. If you do not attend your appointment without telling us we may refer you back to your GP.
Following your treatment you will be referred back to your GP.
The RLHIM is also a teaching hospital and from time to time other healthcare professionals may observe in outpatient clinics as part of a training course. We will always ask your permission for students to sit in during your consultation. You do not have to have students present if you would prefer not to.