Conditions Treated

I can offer treatment to address a whole range of physical conditions including the following:

Whiplash

Whiplash describes an injury to the neck caused by sudden distortion of the neck. It is commonly associated with motor vehicle accidents e.g. if a vehicle is hit in the rear.

The injury can be sustained in other ways e.g. falls, sporting activity.

Symptoms can include pain in the neck and back and sometimes shoulders, pins and needles in the arms or legs and headaches.

Neck pain

Can arise due to muscular tightness in the neck and upper back, irritation of nerves exiting the neck region or mechanical irritation of the vertebral joints in the neck.

Postural overload in this region is common which can lead to on-going neck pain.

Low back pain

A common musculoskeletal problem affecting 80% of people at some point in their lives.

In the majority of cases it is non-specific low back pain, and is not serious, typically due to muscle or soft tissue overload.

Other common causes are from the intervertebral discs, facet joints or muscle imbalance in the controlling spinal muscles.

Sciatica

A generalised term used to describe pain in the leg originating from the spine. This can be due to irritation or compression of the spinal nerve roots as they exit the lumbar region of the spine.

Pain is felt in the buttock and various parts of the leg and/or foot. It can be associated with pins and needles or numbness in the leg.

Sports Injuries

Injuries that occur as a result of sporting activity and as such can affect any part of the body and are very diverse in nature. e.g. ligament or cartilage injuries, pulled muscles etc.

Arthritis pain

Arthritis is a joint disorder that involves inflammation of one or more joints. There are many forms of arthritis. The most common is osteoarthritis (degenerative joint disease). Other forms include rheumatoid arthritis and psoriatic arthritis. Pain is often constant and localised to affected joints.

Tendinitis

Is inflammation of a tendon and is a type of tendinopathy. It often results from overuse / poor postural habits. E.g. Achilles tendinitis, patella tendinitis (jumpers knee)

Frozen shoulder

This has the medical name of “adhesive capsulitis” which is a disorder that affects the capsule of the shoulder. The capsule becomes irritated and painful leading to constriction of the capsule tissue and ultimately severe restriction of shoulder movement. An exact cause of this condition is often unknown.

Pre / post-surgery rehabilitation

Often advice regarding appropriate strengthening exercises prior to a surgical procedure alongside education regarding your problem can significantly aid recovery post-operatively.

After surgery (orthopaedic or abdominal) exercise rehabilitation can be vital to ensure full mobility and strength is restored as quickly as possible thus regaining full functional ability.

Tennis elbow

Known also as lateral epicondylitis or lateral epicondylalgia.

It is where the outer part of the elbow becomes very sore and tender. It is an overuse injury of the common extensor tendon that originates from the outer side of the elbow.
It is characterised by acute tenderness and pain in this region. Although it can be common in tennis player, hence its name, it can occur in almost anyone.

Post fracture or dislocation

Following a fracture of a bone or dislocation of a  joint the region can be extremely stiff due to the period of immobilisation needed to allow healing.
This requires appropriate progressive exercise rehabilitation in order to restore full mobility and function.

Sprains & strains

A sprain is an injury caused by a ligament supporting a joint being overstretched. They can occur in any joint but are most common at the wrist and ankle.

A strain is an injury to a muscle where muscle fibres become overstretched or torn. Often termed a “pulled muscle”. Often there is localised pain, stiffness and bruising around the strained muscle.


Mobile physiotherapy treatent - in your home

How do I treat?

The initial appointment will involve a thorough assessment of your problem. In the first instance this will comprise of a number of questions being asked regarding your signs and symptoms, lifestyle, medical history and your individual needs and expectations of treatment.

Comprehensive physical examination - including mobile ultrasoundA comprehensive physical examination will then follow with the aim of identifying the source of your symptoms. It may include observation of posture and body movements, appropriate muscle and joint tests and the impact of any altered body mechanics on your functional ability. This should allow a provisional diagnosis to be determined.

A treatment plan is then formulated to your individual needs after full discussion and agreement with yourself.

The approach used is very much a “hands on approach” in conjunction with self-help advice to maximise speedy recovery.

The holistic approach aims to increase self-management of longer term conditions and to minimise recurrence of symptoms.

Prognosis and treatment options will be fully discussed prior to treatment commencing and are constantly evaluated as treatment progresses.

Treatment may include the following:

  • Manual Therapy
  • Joint mobilisation
  • Manipulation
  • Soft tissue mobilisations and massage
  • Muscle energy techniques
  • Trigger point release
  • Ultrasound therapy
  • Exercise rehabilitation
  • Self-management advice and education

Treatment in your homeI am more than happy to offer “one-off” assessment consultations to offer diagnosis and advice with no on-going obligation to proceed further.

Full guidance and agreement with yourself is sought ahead of an episode of treatment as to the projected frequency and number of sessions that may be required to fully address your problem.

The number of sessions required will depend on the nature of your condition and how long it has been a problem. In my experience 3-6 sessions are generally required. I will assess your progress on a session by session basis and we will make decisions together on your treatment plan.

It may be appropriate to discuss management of your condition with your doctor. This will only be done with your consent.
 

 

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