Who are we?
Physiotherapy helps restore movement and function when someone is affected by injury, illness or disability, combining knowledge and skill to improve health and well-being (Chartered Society of Physiotherapy, 2011)
This service is provided to patients of all ages in the following settings:
- Outpatients on wards in community hospitals
- Outpatients in clinics held in community hospitals or in satellite clinics around Shropshire
- In patients' homes, schools or nurseries as part of an integrated team approach to patient care. The team here can include district nurses, occupational therapists and other specialists.
The service is divided into the following:
This service is run by chartered physiotherapists providing the following outpatient services in clinics across the county:
- Outpatient musculosketal physiotherapy
- Outpatient neurological rehabilitation physiotherapy
- Respiratory outpatient physiotherapy
- Women's health outpatients physiotherapy
Outpatient musculoskeletal physiotherapy
This is a specialised area treating injuries and conditions which affect the muscles, joints, and soft tissue. Conditions the service may help with include:
- Back pain
- Cartilage tears
- Fracture rehabilitation
- Ligament sprains
- Muscle strains
- Pre and post surgery rehabilitation
- Post fracture rehabilitation
The service provides musculoskeletal physiotherapy assessment and treatment to optimise healing and speed the recovery process. The team works with the patient to set goals and develop appropriate rehabilitation and self management plans.
Some of the treatments which the Musculoskeletal Physiotherapist may use include:
- Exercise Therapy
- Manual Therapy
- Self-management strategies
Outpatient women's health physiotherapy
This service aims to help female patients with incontinence problems. The service provides a thorough assessment by asking questions and examing patients. Treatment may include a home pelvic floor exercise programme and advice on lifestyle habits.
Outpatient respiratory physiotherapy
This service aims to help patients who have breathing problems such as asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. Physiotherapists may ask patients some questions and listen to their chest. They will discuss and agree achievable goals with patients to help them manage their breathing problem.
Outpatient neurological rehabilitation physiotherapy
This service aims to help people who have a neurological condition such as multiple sclerosis, Parkinsons or are recovering from a stroke. The physiotherapist will assess the patient and thern work with them to agree appropriate goals to work towards.
This is a Shropshire-wide service but is not offered in Oswestry at present.
The people we see
This services sees patients aged over 16 who have injuries and conditions which affect the muscles, joints, and soft tissues.
Patients are referred into the services by their General Practitioner or a consultant.
Services we do not offer
What you should bring with you
- List of current medication
- Clothing suitable for examination such as shorts
Frequently asked questions
- What should I wear to my appointment?
It doesn't matter what you wear but you may need to undress down to your underwear if this is necessary to examine and treat your injury or condition. If you are coming for treatment to your leg(s) please bring shorts or a loose-fitting skirt with you.
- What will happen at my first appointment?
The physiotherapist will show you into an individual, private cubicle and will ask you a variety of specific questions and then examine you to find out exactly what is wrong. They will explain what the problem you have is and how it is best treated, giving you advice on treatment and exercises you can do at home. If you need another appointment, this will be arranged before you leave.
- What qualifications will the physiotherapists have?
Physiotherapists are trained to degree level in a qualification accepted by the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy and The Health Professions Council. Many have postgraduate specialist qualifications and experience in acupuncture, occupational health, manipulation, motion analysis and sports injuries.