What is physio, what do you treat & is it safe?

What do physio’s treat?

This is the million dollar question because we assess and treat pretty much any type of muscle, joint or nerve pain or injury. However, I am going to attempt to list as many conditions, aches and pains we are able to help with. But remember if it is not on this list it is very likely I have just forgotten it!

  • Back pain (whether it is very acute & painful & you are finding it difficult to move OR you have had it forever & it doesn’t want to go away no matter what you do!)
  • Neck pain (same as for back pain!)
  • Thoracic (middle of your back) & rib pain (including pain on breathing)
  • Sciatica
  • Shoulder pain (including rotator cuff problems, frozen shoulders)
  • Hip & groin pain (including groin strains, osteoarthritis & ‘wear&tear’)
  • SIJ Pain (sacroiliac problems including ‘leg length’ related problems)
  • Pins and needles, tingling and numbness symptoms
  • Tennis & Golfers elbow
  • Sprained ankles (including torn ligaments)
  • Knee pain (including cartilage/meniscal, ACL & Medial ligament injuries, osteoarthritis & general ‘wear&tear’)
  • Shin pain (including ‘shin splints’)
  • Muscle tears (anywhere but including Hamstring (whether its acute or chronic) & calf)
  • Achilles Tendon Pain
  • Hand/wrist/thumb pain (including Carpal tunnel, osteoarthritis)
  • Foot pain (including plantarfascitis & osteoarthritis)
  • Headaches & Migraines
  • Rehabilitation for post-operative conditions (including Hip & knee Joint replacements, Shoulder Rotator cuff repairs & decompressions)
  • Rehabilitation following any fracture

Why should I try physio? – what do you actually do?

Our ‘job’ is to do 3 things:

  1. Work out what is causing your pain, in other words the ‘diagnosis’
  2. To understand why it has happened in the first place
  3. To provide you with some treatment options to help relieve your pain, these can include ‘hands-on’ therapies, acupuncture, soft tissue massage, exercises and a real understanding of what is happening in your body

So in practical terms this involves an:

Initial assessment (and first treatment) – when you tell us all about your pain or other symptoms, how it is affecting your daily life, sleep and ability to exercise or take part in sport. We will also ask you about your general health and what you enjoy doing, as we need to ensure we don’t miss any potentially relevant information! We will then do a physical examination to help us have a clearer picture of which structure(s) are involved. Then we will sit down and go through what we believe is going on (the ‘diagnosis’) and how we can help you. With your agreement we will then start your treatment

Ok been there & done that. Why try your clinic when other treatments, physio’s, chiropractors, osteopaths haven’t helped?

A good question! During the time the clinic has been open we have gradually seen an increase in the number of people who have had treatment from different practitioners, to the point now where we see a number of people every week in this position. This is partly due word of mouth recommendation, for which we are very grateful, but I believe the other is simply that we all feel it is really important to not only treat the pain or other symptoms but to really get to the ‘bottom’ of the problem – so to speak! I feel incredibly strongly about this because of my own pain journey (link to my story here).

We all want you to finish your treatment feeling better and more confident that your pain or stiffness or ‘condition’ is not going to stop you doing whatever you want to do! I understand for a few there may need to be some ‘moderation’ in certain activities, but we always start with the view that the sky is the limit! Perhaps a little dramatic but hopefully you understand the sentiment!

The other question we are asked is have we got different or ‘special’ skills? We are very proud to say ‘yes we have!’ within the clinic we have physio’s who are specially trained to look at how you move, balance and co-ordinate your body to perform different activities such as running, playing tennis or golf. We use video to provide us feedback when we do specific screening tests. Currently there are around 30 physio’s in the UK with this specific set of skills! We also have a team member who can do bike fitting / set up as well as treat any cycling related problems. We also work very closely with a running coach, a golf professional and a dance professional to ensure we can provide you with the best outcome.

Is it safe for me to see you? Shouldn’t I wait for my GP to see me first to tell me I need to see a physio?

Yes it is safe! But, is it an important question and I never mind it being asked. We are professionally qualified and allied to medicine, in other words we work under the umbrella of medicine, along with other professionals such as nurses, doctors, radiographers. We are registered with the HCPC, which means we are very strictly regulated and have to maintain records to show that we are keeping up to date with our learning and the latest research. Physiotherapist is a protected title, in other words unless you have the recognised qualifications you cannot call yourself a Physiotherapist. If you are unsure you can check that the physio is registered by following the link below:

Health and Care Professionals Council

We are all specialists in our own ‘field’ so for us at the clinic that means we are trained to assess and offer treatment for any Musculoskeletal (muscle, joint or nerve) related pain or other symptoms. This means that IF once we have seen you for your initial assessment we feel that you would benefit from being referred back to your GP or to a consultant we will write the letter, recommending the ‘next step’ based on our assessment. Our assessments for the different aches, pains and conditions we listed above are very thorough because it is all we do!

I hope this information has been helpful but if you are still not sure then please come and see us for a 15 minute FREE consultation (you are under absolutely NO obligation to continue treatment with us) where we can have a chat, you can tells us about how your pain is affecting you and we will tell you honestly if we can help.