People often wonder what Physiotherapy is and what we do.
Do we give out exercises? Do we massage? Do we manipulate the joints? Is it useful for nerves? Muscles? Joints? The list goes on…… The answer is all of the above and more!
Physiotherapy can be beneficial at the first sign of a problem and can stop minor niggles developing into the major problems which leave you unable to carry out normal daily activities, hobbies or sports.
Conditions we treat in Musculoskeletal Physio:
- Spinal problems – irritated/ prolapsed discs, joint degeneration/ wear and tear, neck pain and headaches, whiplash, sciatica and other nerve injuries causing pain/ pins and needles in the legs or arms
- Pregnancy related pains, such as lower back pain, pelvic girdle pain (PGP)
- Joint problems – arthritis, pain and swelling, stiffness, frozen shoulder, cartilage problems
- Sports injuries- no matter what your level of sport is
- Muscular strains and pulls, ligament sprains, tendon injuries such as achilles/ patella/ rotator cuff tendonitits
- Work related conditions such as repetitive strain injury (RSI), carpal tunnel and tennis elbow. Workstation (DSE) advice is also provided where appropriate
- After surgery – rehabilitation after orthopaedic surgery e.g. hip and knee replacements or general physiotherapy after general surgery
At Sunderland Physiotherapy Clinic we like to look at the whole person. Look at all the elements that may contribute to a problem and address the underlying issue, not just the resulting pains/ symptoms.
We will discuss at length the problem/ symptoms in question.
Once we have a good understanding of the problem we will then look at the way the body moves, a series of tests and movements to analyse each element.
A plan is the put in place for how we can manage the problem/ symptoms together.
Does it require ‘hands on’ treatment. We call this manual therapy. This may be massage techniques, joint mobilisations.
Other treatments we may suggest are acupuncture (that’s a whole other blog!), electrotherapy, taping, exercises.
We may need to write to your GP or refer you for further investigations such as X-Rays/ MRI, or refer you to another professional such as a Podiatrist.
Depending on the problem, some people may only require a one- off session, whilst others require a course of treatments. The aim is to get you back to your former self where possible and achieve your goals.
As with lots of problems proactive preventative treatment is often better than reactive treatment and management.
At Totally Tranquil we encourage our clients to come back every so often (6-8 weeks or more depending on the individual) for maintenance Physio.
It means we can identify any stiff joints, tight and/ or weak muscles and deal with them before they become symptomatic (and a problem to you). Again these sessions are often accompanied with exercises in order to allow you to take control and help manage the problem.
These maintenance sessions can be useful for many of us, whether it be for the day to do stresses you may get from being a desk based worker to the runner that trains 5 times a week. Our Physio appointments are tailored to the individual’s needs.
Physiotherapy at Sunderland Physiotherapy Clinic is available Monday – Saturday (including late nights Mondays & Thursdays).
We are located in Roker, Sunderland (just behind Roker Park).
Please call us on 0191 548 3388 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to make your enquiry.
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