We offer regular appointments at our Physiotherapy centre in Manchester, often same-day. We're located in St. Ann's Square, in the heart of Manchester.
Initial appointments are scheduled for 30 minutes.
If you have any additional information from other medical sources e.g. Scan reports/X rays, letters from consultants you can bring them with you, or you can send them in advance.
If you are a runner, you should bring your trainers to the first appointment. It is helpful to ascertain how much they support your feet and the wear patterns on them. A treadmill is available should you or the physiotherapist think it appropriate.
We work with a number of Medico-Legal companies to help resolve whiplash injuries.
It is important to take a detailed history of the injury, the circumstances, any relevant background information and any other previous injury history that might be relevant. Building a clear timeline and taking a thorough, relevant history shapes the next phase of the assessment.
The physio will need to assess how the body moves and how the injury affects the body during various functional movements and tests. This will require the patient to dress accordingly. For lower limb problems, often a pair of shorts or similar will be helpful. For pelvic and spinal problems the upper body/torso needs to be viewed. For shoulder and neck problems:-Sports Bras, crop tops or similar are usually fine in most scenarios. T-shirts/vests will need to be removed.
It is important that the patient feels comfortable during the appointment. We are quite used to discussing and accommodating any concerns/worries/awkwardness that may result. Chaperones can be brought along to an appointment or can be supplied on site by us if required. We also have experienced male and female physiotherapists should a patient have a preference.
To confirm which structures of the body are involved with the injury, the therapist must palpate the injured/damaged/affected areas. We are looking for tension in the connective soft tissues of the body, restricted or hypermobile (too much) movement of joints, protective muscle spasm, temperature change in inflamed areas and pain. These changes along with the history taken and the way the body moves/doesn’t move help us formulate a diagnosis.
Once a diagnosis has been reached, and a discussion has taken place regarding the causes and contributing factors to the problem there should be some time left for the beginnings of treatment of the problem. During this treatment time we will discuss a plan of action that will incorporate the patient’s goals and aims with a view to returning to work/leisure/normality and perhaps even aspiring to new challenges. These should be mutually set between therapist and patient. The physio will be formulating a treatment plan to aid this recovery and documenting it (along with this initial sessions findings) for any future sessions necessary.
Treatment does not just take place within the clinic nor is it the sole responsibility of the physio to administer it. Much of what we do as physios is maintained and built upon by the patient in the form of home exercises. A few exercises should be shown at the end of the session to make a start on the aforementioned plan. These exercises should be clear and concise. You may receive pictures, web links or even photos/videos taken on your phone to help you remember how and how often to do these. Much of the patient’s recovery will be supervised independently so it is important that the patient understands what is required to aid this recovery. If you’re not sure what you’re supposed to do, please email your therapist.
We are well used to keeping those necessary in the loop with a patients injury. This may be employers, GP’s, legal representatives, dance or theatre company managers, teachers, parents, Personal trainers and Yoga and Pilates instructors. If there is someone you would like us to keep up to date, please supply us with the details.
How Many Treatments Will Be Required?
This of course depends on the type and nature of the injury. Rehabilitation from a Ruptured knee ligament will of course take longer than a minor ankle sprain. Taking into consideration all of the possible scenarios where injury presents itself, the average course of physiotherapy treatment in this clinic is just under 6 sessions.
Once the course of treatment is finished you should be either well placed to self-manage the end stage of your rehabilitation or you will be directed to a suitable allied health professional/affiliate who can steer you in the right direction needed to achieve that end stage recovery and maintain that new balance that you have achieved.
Do I Need a General Physiotherapy Check-Up?
The large majority of people do not come back with the same problem year after year. We do not feel that we have done our job properly if they do.
Much of course depends on whether the individual maintains the balance that was achieved at the end of the course of treatment. Sometimes, old habits creep back or the maintenance work/exercises slip a little. For some patients, the uncontrollable, external factors in their lifestyle may change to alter that delicate balance.
There are a few patients that come back every few months in order to for us to help maintain the quality of movement and normal muscle tension in their skeletal system. They view this as some kind of “service” much like you would for a well-tuned classic car/bike.
They have usually come to the conclusion that a few sessions per year to keep you healthy and functional represents better value than a few sessions per year when they are in desperate need and unable to function properly for a few weeks.
Each to their own. We are all different and have many ways of living our lives!