What We Treat.
- We can help you with a wide range of musculoskeletal (muscle, joint and/or bone) conditions, whether it is a general condition or a sports injury.
- We treat a wide range of patients ranging from the general public, through to club runners and elite athletes.
- Everyone receives the same level of professional care and personal attention from our highly experienced team, regardless of whether it is a sporting or non-sporting related.
Are these problems stopping you from doing the things you want to do?
- Lower back pain
- Neck pain
- Whiplash injuries
- Occupational Injuries
- Repetitive strain injuries (RSI)
- Motor vehicle injuries
- Growing pains
- Muscle tears
- Tendon and ligament problems
- Overuse injuries
- Post-surgical rehabilitation
- Knee, ankle and foot pain
- Shoulder problem
- Tennis/golfer’s elbow
- Foot conditions
We couldn’t possibly list all of the conditions we can help you with. If in doubt, please call us on 01223 967880 and we will be happy to discuss the nature of your problem.
- What Is Physiotherapy?
Physiotherapy is a therapeutic health profession concerned with improving the way you move, and enhancing your quality of life, by giving you the most suitable treatment for an injury or condition. If you suffer from back or neck pain, a sports injury, arthritis – in fact any joint or muscle problem – Physiotherapy can help relieve your pain and get you moving again.
Who can be treated with Physiotherapy?
Physiotherapists are involved in helping people of all ages, from young infants to the elderly, from all walks of life. They commonly treat any person suffering back or neck pain, general aches and pains, and sports injuries.
How can Physiotherapy benefit you?
Physiotherapists are trained to assess the underlying causes of joint, muscle and nerve injuries so you can be confident of the treatment and advice that you receive.
You will get effective treatment that uses a wide range of drug-free techniques to:
- Relieve your pain,
- Restore your movement, and
- Prevent any further problems.
To do this, the treatment you receive may include education and advise about your condition, joint mobilization and manipulation, therapeutic exercise and stretches, electro physical agents (such as ice, ultrasound, interferential) and soft tissue massage.
- What to expect during your first visit
The length of your first visit will depend on the type of your appointment. Musculoskeletal and sports injury assessments are up to an hour in length. At your first visit you will receive a full assessment, a diagnosis and a treatment plan will be outlined. You will be advised regarding your condition and how physiotherapy can help. Your physiotherapist will discuss the number and frequency of appointments that you require. The remainder of your session will be used for treatment. If you require further treatment you will usually be given things to work on before the next session.
At your first visit you will be asked questions regarding your general health, medical history, social history and current problem. You will be asked about how the problem started and how your problem affects you. The most important thing that we need to know is what aims you have regarding your treatment.
Following the subjective assessment a physical assessment will take place. This assessment is designed to confirm the cause of your problem, what factors may be contributing to your problem and how physiotherapy can help you. The nature of this assessment will vary greatly dependent on your age and condition. Generally, your physiotherapist will assess your range of movement, joint stability, muscle length, muscle strength, co-ordination, balance stability and other special tests dependent on your condition.
Diagnosis & Explanation
Your condition/problem will be diagnosed and the physiotherapist will explain why you are experiencing the problems that you are. Often our physiotherapists will use models of the joints and muscles involved during the explanation so that we leave you with a confident about your diagnosis and how physiotherapy can help you. A firm understanding your condition is vital to benefiting maximally from physiotherapy. This is a very important aspect of the first session so ask as many questions as you like, we like questions!
Treatment Options & Treatment
Following your subjective assessment, physical assessment and diagnosis your physiotherapist will explain what treatment options are available to you. Your physiotherapist will be able to discuss the length of time they expect that you will benefit from treatment for and the frequency of treatment sessions they recommend within that time. Crest physiotherapy strongly believe in empowering patients to assist in their own recovery. Advice, education and exercise programmes to complete between sessions are all provided wherever and whenever appropriate. Your first visit will usually be concluded with some physiotherapy treatment. This treatment will be specific to your condition or injury. The initial assessment and advice / education are never sacrificed in order to provide treatment. Therefore, the amount of treatment given at the initial visit often depends on the complexity of your problem. If appropriate, you will always be provided with something to work on until your first treatment session.
If you require treatment sessions we will book them at your convenience. Our aim is your quick recovery, and as little disruption as possible to your life.
Do I need a doctor’s referral for physiotherapy treatment?
Not if you are paying for treatment yourself. However, if your private health insurance covers you for treatment you may need a referral from your GP. Please check details with your insurance company.
Does my GP need to know that I am having physiotherapy treatment?
No. However, with your permission, we will contact your GP to keep them informed regarding your condition.
Do I need to bring anything with me?
If you have a back or leg problem, you may want to bring your own shorts to change into for the physiotherapist to assess you. For running-related injuries, it would be advisable to bring along your current running shoes.
Do I need to be a member of the gym?
No. This physiotherapy service is available to anyone.