We will get to the root cause of your problem.
It is not just about treating the bit that is painful.
In fact more often it is about treating the parts of the body that are causing the area to be painful.
This is necessary to provide a longer term fix.
So what does this involve? After a detailed assessment, that includes a history taking and a thorough physical examination we will provide treatment that we feel is appropriate for your problem.
This will often be delivered broadly speaking in two ways:
1. Manual Therapy - The hands on treatment. This is often what people think of when thinking about what physiotherapists do. This could be in the form of various types of massage, mobilisation, manipulation, dynamic stretching techniques and also ecompassed acupuncture and various types of taping. The idea behind providing manual therapy is to help restore range of motion and to help with pain relief.
2. Exercise Based Rehabilitation - This is really the most important part in terms of achieving a longer term fix for your problem. We will provide you with a bespoke programme of exercises, that are modified and progresed to allow you to return back to what you want to do. Whether that for example is being able to walk the dog or return to playing tennis, the programmes that we prescribe will be specific in relation to your short and long term goals. We will also provide you with exercise programmes that fit with your lifestyle, that are easy to replicate at home or in the gym and we will provide you with an electronic copy of your exercises if required. We want to make things as easy as possible for you achieve as without your compliance the end result is likely to be less favourable.
Central to this process though is YOU. We want to understand you, what motivates you and what you want to achieve. We will actively involve you in setting goals for your treatment. We will provide you with a clear explanation of the problem and how long we anticipate it will take for it to improve. We will provide this information in a way that is easy for you to understand. This is so important because if you have a clear picture of what the problem is you are more likely to feel motivated during the rehabilitation process. We need you to be compliant with your exercises at home or in the gym if you wish to achieve the best outcome.