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Physiotherapy 

 

Physiotherapy is a science-based profession that helps people affected by injury, disease, and disability through the use of Manual Therapy, Electrotherapy, Exercise, Education, and Advice. Musculoskeletal Physiotherapists are expertly trained to a minimum BSc level in physiotherapy and have undergone specialist training in examination, diagnosis and management of many conditions such as back pain, sciatica, knee injuries, foot and ankle injuries and post-operative conditions.  Physiotherapists will undergo a range of additional training in a variety of musculoskeletal conditions and treatments in order to offer the best available treatments to our patients. These may include areas such as orthopaedics, sport, acupuncture, pilates, strength and Conditioning to name a few. 

Sports Physiotherapy 

Sports and Exercise Physiotherapists are involved in the prevention and management of injuries resulting from sport and exercise participation at all ages and at all levels of ability. These specialized physiotherapists provide evidence-based advice on safe participation in sport and exercise. Furthermore, they promote a healthy balanced lifestyle to aid individuals in maintaining and improving their quality of life. Sports and Exercise Physiotherapists  play a huge role in helping athletes of all ages and all levels of ability to enhance their performance

Sports physiotherapy requires a very specific approach to ensure that the root cause of the problem is identified and not only the presenting pain. A thorough examination must be performed by an expert understanding Sports and exercise requirements relating to anatomy, exercise physiology, biomechanics and movement. The use of specific tools and testing protocols such as the SFMA (Selective Functional Movement Assessment) and FMS (Functional Movement Screen) may be used to help identify why an injury has presented.

Stuart is an expert Sports physiotherapist and has extensive training and experience in this area. He has also graduated in Sports Therapy, Sports and Exercise Medicine and has more than 15 years working at the highest level of professional sport. He has worked with all ages from 7 years to Masters athletes. 

Orthopaedic Physiotherapy 

Orthopaedic Physiotherapy is the area where we aid individuals pre or post operative with their orthopaedic condition. This is undertaken pre and post-operative and may take place in the hospital, community, gym, pool and outpatients departments or clinic. Pre-operative physiotherapy can help to strengthen a patient physically and cardiovascular. In the case of joint physiotherapy, this can help maintain and improve the range of movement prior to surgery and educate the client on their post-operative rehabilitation. It is now common to only spend one or two days in the hospital until you are discharged home. You may have already seen the Physiotherapist in the hospital before being discharged with some advice and exercises. We do advise that after a few days to a week you then see your outpatient physiotherapist such as Stuart Mailer Physiotherapy.

Your orthopaedic rehabilitation post-operatively should be bespoke and very specific with regard to your operation. This is because everyone is different and even though two operations may be similar there are different complexities due to your surgery and your consultant guidelines. A skilled Physiotherapist in this area can help reduce your pain, build your strength, and return you to your previous level of function following your orthopaedic surgery.  Early orthopaedic rehabilitation may include Soft tissue therapy, Joint mobilisations, low-level strengthening exercises and the use of Compex Muscle stimulation to help return your muscle activation.

Your recovery can be long, however, if you start your orthopaedic rehabilitation early then you can progress and help yourself get back to normal function as smoothly as possible. Stuart Mailer has worked with many of the leading surgeons in the USA and UK thus is well versed in many orthopaedic ailments. He wrote many rehabilitation protocols for knee and ankle and has been a guest for Orthopaedic consultant teams aiding complex patients.  If you care to see a list of the orthopaedic surgeries we see please click on the link below

 

What happens on your First Physiotherapy visit

During your initial visit to a physiotherapist, a detailed history of your condition will be taken then an examination will be performed to help diagnose and formulate the treatment plan and ongoing rehab. Once the examination has been performed the findings will be discussed and a treatment plan is introduced to help return you to function pain-free.  Treatment may commence using interventions such as Soft tissue therapy, Electrotherapy, Rehabilitation, Joint manipulation among others seen below. A rehabilitation plan will be given to commence and follow up treatment or options will be discussed.  Our goal is to get to the underlying cause of your ailment and provide not just immediate treatment but advice, education and rehabilitation exercises for long-term improvement. We work closely with your doctor or consultant and will remain professional and patient-centred throughout the process aiming to provide you with the best possible care.

Treatments from a physiotherapist will depend on the examination findings.  A range of techniques/Therapies are utilised such as manipulative techniques, Soft tissue therapy, rehabilitation to name a few

Examples of techniques/treatments that we use are:

- Joint Manipulation/mobilisation

- Soft tissue Therapy/Massage/IASTM

- Acupuncture/Dry Needling

- Pilates- Equipment. Mat work

- Exercise Therapy/Rehabilitation

- Strength and Conditioning

- Electrotherapy such as Compex, 

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