Physiotherapy also called or physical therapy and often shortened to as ‘physio’, uses the physical approaches of massage and manipulation to to help restore a range of movement following injury or illness.

In making use of a variety of different approaches, the physiotherapist can help patients to overcome injury, short-term health problems or manage long-term disabilities.

Patients may be referred to the physiotherapist by any of the doctors working at the RLHIM, by a consultant at UCLH or a GP.

Physiotherapy is used to treat a variety of problems including:

  • Chronic fatigue syndrome (ME)
  • Chronic musculoskeletal pain; back, temporo-mandibular joint, neck and/or shoulder
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Manual Therapy
  • Osteoarthritis of the knee
  • Post operative treatment

After an assessment session, in which the therapist and patient decide what treatment will be needed, the ‘package of care’ will involve 6 sessions. After this the patient may be referred back to referring doctor to discuss whether they need further treatment or are discharged.

At the RLHIM, the physiotherapist may offer any of the following treatment options;

  • Acupuncture
  • Exercise Prescriptions
  • Graded Exercise Therapy
  • Manual Therapy
  • Pilates