Physiotherapy

Physiotherapy helps restore movement and function when someone is affected by injury, illness or disability.

Physiotherapists help people affected by injury, illness or disability through movement and exercise, manual therapy, education and advice. They maintain health for all ages, helping patients to manage pain and prevent disease.

The profession helps to encourage development and facilitate recovery, enabling people to stay in work while helping them to remain independent as long as possible.

Physiotherapy takes a “whole person” approach to health and wellbeing, which includes the patient’s general lifestyle.  At the core is the patient’s involvement in their own care, through education, awareness, empowerment and participation in their treatment.

You can benefit from physiotherapy at any time in your life.

Physiotherapy is a degree-based healthcare profession.  Physios use their knowledge and skills to improve a range of conditions associated with different systems of the body, such as:

  • Neurological (brain or spinal  cord injuries, multiple sclerosis)
  • Musculoskeletal (back pain, whiplash, arthritis)
  • Cardiovascular (stroke, chronic heart disease)
  • Respiratory (asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease)

Physiotherapists work in a variety of specialisms and locations in the Western Trust

  • Women’s Health
  • Orthopaedics and trauma
  • ICU
  • Surgical
  • Medical
  • Paediatrics
  • Paediatric Neurodevelopment
  • Care of the elderly
  • Neurology
  • Intermediate Care
  • Musculoskeletal
  • Oncology
  • Lymphoedema

Physiotherapists work in the wards, outpatients setting (Hospital or Health Centres), schools and in patients own homes.

Your Physiotherapist will assess mobility with special attention to your balance, flexibility and muscle strength and will provide you with a mobility aid if appropriate, to promote independence. The Physiotherapist will devise a suitable exercise regime and advise you on the use of moving and handling techniques specific to your needs.

As well as one to one treatments there are also a number of group sessions in the trust e.g. Pulmonary Rehabilitation, Cardiac Rehabilitation.

If you think you need to see a Physiotherapist speak with your GP or other Health Professional.

Useful Links:
The video clip below (from Hunter Integrated Pain Service, Australia) explains how to understand pain and what to do about it in less than 5 minutes.

www.patient.co.uk
www.csp.org.uk
The NHS Pain Toolkit - is for people who live with persistent pain

 

Integrated Care Partnerships: Falls Prevention (West) from HSC Board on Vimeo.