What is Physiotherapy?

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

Physiotherapists work with people of all ages and abilities to prevent illness or injury and improve a wide variety of physical problems including loss of strength, movement and function.

Physiotherapy aims to assist the individual to achieve as active and independent a life as possible.
Physiotherapists are Allied Health Professionals and are registered with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC)

What physiotherapists do

Physiotherapists deliver a service in many locations throughout the Trust, in hospitals, outpatient clinics & in the community in a wide variety of clinical areas including:

  • Trauma & Orthopaedics
  • Plastic surgery
  • Respiratory Care 
  • Intensive care
  • Acute Medical Wards
  • Learning & Physical disability
  • Head injury & Stroke rehabilitation and the management of conditions such as stroke, Multiple Sclerosis and Parkinson's disease
  • Antenatal , post natal care & management of Incontinence
  • Ergonomics & Occupational Health
  • Neonatal unit & Paediatric Wards
  • Children’s Community Settings & Special Schools
  • Cancer management & Palliative care
  • Lymphoedema Management; primary, non-cancer and cancer related lymphoedema
  • Accident & Emergency, Outpatient & Specialist Physiotherapy Clinics treating
  • Sports injuries , Muscle Sprains and strains
  • Back, Neck & joint pain
  • Management of burns and tendon injuries
  • Rheumatology conditions &
  • Chronic Chest conditions Poor balance & Falls prevention

Physiotherapists use their knowledge and skills to improve a wide range of conditions associated with different systems of the body. Our services include:

Manual therapy

Physiotherapists are experts in joint and muscle movement, therapeutic exercise, moving & handling and rehabilitation. They deliver specialised programmes to:

  • restore, maintain and improve movement and activity
  • support people to manage their own condition and maintain their independence
  • prevent future episodes of ill health and disability

Management of pain

Physiotherapists deliver exercise therapy, acupuncture & joint injection and chronic pain management programmes.

Falls Prevention

Physiotherapists carry out Individual risk assessments and treatment plans to reduce falls.
Treatment may include exercise, re-education of walking and balance, home assessments and provision of specialist equipment e.g. mobility and transfer aids.

Children’s Physiotherapy

Physiotherapists provide individual assessments and programmes of care for children ( 0-19 years) to

  • Assist in development of physical milestones
  • Prevent deformities and provide specialised postural support/mobility equipment
  • To improve breathing control and remove chest secretions for children who have complex medical needs

Respiratory Physiotherapy

Physiotherapists provide care to patients with acute & long term respiratory conditions e.g. Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD), Pulmonary Fibrosis, Bronchiectasis.

Emergency respiratory physiotherapy is available 24 hours a day seven days / week across all hospital sites.

Care is also provided in out-patient clinics and in the patient’s own home to 

  • deliver and advise on airway clearance, oxygen therapy, breathlessness management and Pulmonary Rehabilitation.
  • Provide accurate respiratory assessment and treatment plans including self- management advice.

Supported self–management and for families and carers.

Physiotherapy offers assessment, practical and psychological support, provision of specialist equipment and the monitoring and review of the person in an individual or group setting.

This helps maintain independent living and reduces admission to hospital or a community care facility

Health promotion

Physiotherapists provide specialised rehabilitation for patients with lung conditions; following heart attack or surgery; or with cancer to encourage people to get active and stay active throughout their lives.

How to access physiotherapy

Physiotherapy facility contact numbers

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