Physiotherapy

Physiotherapy specialises in the treatment of physical conditions. We work with the individual to regain normal movement and function by reducing pain, recovering movement and improving strength and stability.

Initial visits can last up to an hour which will include a detailed assessment as well as treatment. There is no need for a medical referral, however, GPs and Consultants regularly refer to us and we will keep them informed of your progress unless you request otherwise. We also work closely with the very best local surgeons from Wansbeck, Newcastle and North Tyneside. Recognised by all major insurance companies we are also a BUPA preferential provider.

First visit - what to expect

On your first visit the initial assessment may take up to one hour. This will involve taking a history of your condition, a full physical examination of the problem area, treatment and advice. The nature and site of the problem will be examined and related to your whole person before making a diagnosis. To accurately examine you, you may be asked to undress to your underwear as we will need to see the affected area and often the joints above and below. You may want to bring some shorts in with you for back and leg examinations. Only after a full consultation with you, with plenty of time for questions, will the physiotherapist decide on the best form of treatment.

If subsequent visits are required this will also be discussed and an individually tailored treatment programme planned. The treatment type selected depends upon your specific requirements and may include mobilisation, manipulation, soft tissue massage, acupuncture and electrotherapy. Our aim is to reduce your pain, promote tissue healing and a rapid recovery. Time will also be spent teaching you how to avoid a recurrence of your problem. Review appointments will always involve an assessment of your progress as well as treatment.

Referrals

You do not need a referral from your GP but as a courtesy, with your permission, we will inform them of your condition, assessment results and treatment plan.

Insurance

The Physiotherapy & Sports Clinic is recognised by all major insurance companies. If you are covered, please ensure you have checked with your insurance company and bring with you any relevant authorisation numbers.

  • FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS +

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  • Can Physiotherapy help? +

    Physiotherapists treat a wide variety of conditions. In our Clinics we specialise in injuries or conditions affecting the muscles, tendons, ligaments, joints and nerves. This includes spinal problems, sports injuries, sprains, strains and trapped nerves.

  • Do I need a referral from my GP? +

    No, you do not need a referral from a GP or Consultant. We normally send a letter to your GP informing them of your condition, unless you request otherwise.

  • Will my private medical insurance cover my treatment? +

    We are recognised by all major insurance companies but you must contact your insurer to find out about the particular details of your personal policy.

  • How long are the treatment sessions? +

    Your first appointment lasts up to an hour. This will include taking a history of your condition, a thorough physical examination of the problem area and treatment. There is also time for you to ask questions.

  • How many treatments will I need? +

    Everyone's condition differs and the severity and duration of your symptoms will depend on how many treatments you require and how you respond once treatment has started. This will be discussed with you at your first appointment. In some cases only one or two treatments are required as we provide a home exercise regime and strongly encourage self management.

  • What treatments are commonly used? +

    Depending on what your condition requires we use a variety of manual therapies, electrotherapy, acupuncture and exercise/stretches.

  • Do I have a choice of physiotherapists? +

    Yes. We have both male and female physiotherapists working in both clinics. You may also request to see a particular physiotherapist and as we believe in continuity your treatment will always be scheduled with them.

  • What qualifications do your physiotherapists have? +

    All of our physiotherapists are members of The Chartered Society of Physiotherapy and Physio First , they are also registered with the Health Professions Council. Individual Physiotherapists have further specialised qualifications i.e. members of the Acupuncture Association of Chartered Physiotherapists (AACP).

  • How do I pay? +

    We accept cash, cheques or debit cards.

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  • DEFINITIONS OF TERMS WE USE +

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  • Posture +

    Posture is the position that the body adopts in a relaxed state and during movement. Most of us do not conform to the postural ideal. Posture is influenced by our genetic make up and the positions we spend most of our time in during the day. Muscles shorten and joints become stiff when not used regularly through their full range. Postural pain can come from overstretched ligaments, tight muscles that develop trigger points (knots), joints that are suddenly asked to move into a position they haven't been in for a while or even nerves that do not have enough room to glide as we move our limbs.

    Physiotherapy will identify any postural problems you may have which are contributing to your symptoms and work towards correcting them with you.

  • Ligament Sprains +

    Ligaments attach bone to bone across joints and are there to prevent the joint moving beyond a certain point. Sudden force can often overstretch them causing a partial or full tear (rupture). Ligaments contain specialised nerve endings that tell the brain where the joint is at any given time.

    Physiotherapy treatment will assist the tissue to heal, strengthen supportive muscles and re-educate the damaged nerves.

  • Muscle Problems +

    Muscles are the structures that move the body. They are elastic and are attached to the bones via their tendons. They tend to work in a team with other muscles around the joints. There are several problems that can occur with muscles:

    1. Strains

    This is a tear in the muscle and can range from a very small tear to a complete rupture.

    2. Tight Muscles

    Some people naturally have more flexibility in their muscles than others but we can develop tight muscles for a variety of reasons e.g. posture, for example sitting at a desk all day, a sudden growth spurt in a teenager or because a particular muscle is compensating for a weaker one in its 'team' around the joint. Tight muscles often develop trigger points 'knots' which prevent the muscle fully extending. Tight muscles also tear more easily when over stretched.

    Physiotherapy will identify the reason why your muscle is tight and come up with the correct treatment in order for you to address the problem.

    3. Muscle Imbalance

    Muscles work as a team around the joints. The muscles closest to the joint hold it in the correct position (stabilise it) and the longer power muscles produce the movement (mobilise it).

    Stabilising muscles often become weak if there has been some joint pain or simply because they are underused either because of the positions we adopt during our work day or the sport we perform. In this situation other mobilising muscles will attempt to stabilise the joint often becoming tight (short) in the process.

    Physiotherapy can identify the problem muscles and strengthen the weak links.

  • Tendinitis/Tendinopathy +

    Tendinitis literally means inflammation (itis) of the tendon. Tendinopathy is the term more commonly used nowadays as inflammation is only present in the early stages of the condition. We now know that the main problem is an actual weakening of the tendon substance as the normal strong collagen is replaced by a more jelly like material. Tendinopathy is often due to the overuse of the tendon.

    Physiotherapy treatment involves reducing the pain and building up the strength of the normal collagen in the tendon as well as building up the strength and flexibility of the muscle in order to reduce the weight load through the affected tendon.

  • Slipped Discs +

    Discs are shock absorbing cartilages that sit between the vertebral bones in the spine. They don't actually 'slip' in and out as they are securely attached to the bones on either side, but they 'bulge'. The outer wall of the disc can weaken and overstretch so that when the spine is loaded and compressed e.g. after prolonged sitting or bending, the outer wall bulges (like a weakness in the side wall of a tyre).

    The disc itself has pain nerve endings and when stretched can send pain as far down as the knee or elbow joint depending on whether the problem is in the low back or neck. Occasionally the bulge is large enough to irritate one of the spinal nerve roots that runs close to the disc as it leaves the spinal cord. This can produce pain down the leg (sciatica) or arm. If it compresses the nerve this often causes pins and needles and/or some weakness in the muscles that the nerve supplies.

    Physiotherapy is aimed at reducing the disc bulge, then restoring full range of movement and strengthening the muscles.

  • Pins and Needles +

    Pins and needles can occur when there is some irritation of one of the spinal nerve roots. They may occur in an area of the arm, leg, around the chest wall or even in the face. The nerve root can be irritated by a bulging disc, an osteophyte (extra bone around an arthritic joint) or simply because they do not have enough space to glide because they are surrounded by stiff, tight spinal joints.

    Physiotherapy will identify the cause of your pins and needles. Treatment will be focused on reducing the cause of the irritation.

  • Osteoarthritis/Spondylosis +

    Often called Spondylosis in the spine and 'wear and tear' of the joints by the medical profession. Many of us have osteoarthritis without any symptoms at all but it can trigger inflammation of the ligamentous tissues that surround the affected joints and cause pain. As this inflammation settles down the previously inflamed tissues tighten up and can then restrict movement at the joint causing problems with movement and pain when the tight tissues are overstretched. The pain also tends to inhibit the muscles around the joint making them weaker and unable to fully support the affected joints.

    Physiotherapy can not change the 'wear and tear' in the joints but can have a big effect on the tight soft tissues, muscle strength and pain.

  • Bursitis +

    Bursa are small sacs of synovial fluid which prevent muscles and tendons from rubbing on bone. Bursitis is when a bursa becomes inflamed; this is usually caused by compression or repetitive action.

    Physiotherapy will assist in reducing the inflammation.

  • Cartilage Tears +

    There are specialised cartilages in the knee and wrist joints which can occasionally tear due to trauma or overuse.

    A physiotherapy assessment will identify and diagnose the problem. It can often treat the symptoms and refer you on for an Orthopaedic opinion if surgery is required.

  • Fractures +

    A fracture is a broken bone, usually the result of a trauma but can occur occasionally from overuse. The fracture is usually immobilised in a splint for a period of time. The joints enclosed in the splint can become very stiff and the muscles that surround the fracture can become weak.

    Physiotherapy can help restore movement to the affected joints and strengthens the surrounding muscles.

  • Biomechanical Problems +

    The term biomechanics actually means the way the body moves. It looks at how one body part moves in relation to those above and below it. Our biomechanics is affected by our body structure. It is also influenced by the postures we adopt during our daily lives and the sports we perform. Very few of us are biomechanically perfect but problems often reveal themselves when we suddenly challenge our body e.g. training for the Great North Run. The increased intensity of work for the body and the repetitive nature of the training can cause a variety of symptoms to occur e.g. knee pain, achilles tendinopathy.

    A physiotherapy assessment will identify any biomechanical problems you may have. If there are any specific foot problems that can not be addressed with physiotherapy treatment we will refer you to a podiatrist.

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Services

Physiotherapy

Women's Health

Acupuncture

Sports Rehabilitation

Sports Screening and Conditioning

Vertigo - Epley Manoeuvre

Performance Enhancement

Taping and Strapping

Bracing

Adolescent Development Assessment (growing pains)

 

Also available:

Neurophysiotherapy

Sports Massage

Podiatry/Chiropody

Pilates

Conditions Treated

Upper Limb

Lower Limb

Spinal

Sports Injuries

Vertigo

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Treatments Used

Hands-on Manual Therapy

Acupuncture

Electrotherapy

Rehabilitation

Home Exercises

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