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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, paediatrics, sport, acupuncture, pilates, strength and Conditioning to name a few.
Musculoskeletal Physiotherapists are involved in the prevention and management of injuries of the muscle and skeletal systems helping people in all walks of life maintain a physical and healthy lifestyle. These specialized physiotherapists use a combination of techniques and strategies to help restore movement and function focusing on the biomechanical and structural rehabilitation of the client.
They may be found in a GP surgery, private clinic, hospital and in the community and are sometimes the first health professional you will see for an ailment. Through highly skilled history taking, examination and assessment they can help determine the cause of your problem and the most suitable way to treat and rehabilitate you in line with current evidence.
Techniques include manual therapy, electrotherapy, exercise therapy and others. Musculoskeletal (MSK) physiotherapists are skilled at treating any MSK ailment such as neck and back pain, knee and ankle pain, shoulder pain and others, however many have specialisations where they have undergone extra training in this area.
Stuart Mailer is highly skilled in treating all your MSK ailments but has specialities in the Knee, Foot & Ankle and Shoulder. He has been the clinical lead in many clinics teaching staff in MSK ailment thus is well versed in your back pain to your elbow discomfort
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 is the area where we aid individuals pre or post surgery with their orthopaedic condition. This 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 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.
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
Your first Physiotherapy visit
A physiotherapy assessment can take anything from 30-60 mins. On your initial visit, we will introduce ourselves then will take a detailed history of your condition asking questions about your injury, how it occurred your pain and then a physical 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. 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.
Ideally, you should wear loose-fitting clothing to ensure the registered physiotherapist has proper access to the injured area in question. If at any point you have questions please feel free to ask our registered health professionals. Our patient-centred model of care really does revolve around you. Remember the more informed you are about the assessment and treatment plan, the more effective and efficient your recovery will be.