Guided self help for physiotherapy is available by clicking here

 

Not sure if physiotherapy is right for you?

Physiotherapy can be particularly beneficial if you are suffering from back pain, neck pain, injuries such as strains or sprains, or if you are experiencing joint and/or muscular pain.
Physiotherapists can also treat men and women suffering from incontinence.
You can self refer to physiotherapy using the form below:
Unfortunately, you are unable to self-refer to this service if:

  • You want to see a physiotherapist about a neurological or breathing problem. Please contact the surgery via eConsult or on 01228 588121 
  • You need a home visit - please contact the surgery on 01228 588121
  • You want physiotherapy following a recent operation; for this you will need to be referred by your surgeon

If you are under 16 years of age, you will need a guardian to accompany you to your initial assessment.

Pain Relief?

Over the counter painkillers can be helpful. A pharmacist will be able to advise you on the appropriate tablets. If your symptoms worsen you may wish to contact your GP. If you have an old injury, you may find that placing a hot water bottle wrapped in a towel on the affected area for 10 minutes reduces pain, while for a new injury you can use a pack of frozen peas wrapped in a damp towel for 10 minutes. Please be aware that hot and cold can burn and that you need to check every 5 minutes to make sure that your skin does not become very red or blotchy. If this happens, stop.

What can I do to help myself in the meantime?

It has been shown that resting for more than a day or so does not help and may actually prolong pain and disability. You may need to alter your activities initially, but the sooner you can get back to normal activity the sooner you will feel better. Getting stiff joints and muscles working can be painful, but this is a normal response and not a sign of damage. Feeling a bit sore initially is also normal and often a good sign that you are making progress. Changing your position or activity frequently through the day will help to prevent and reduce stiffness. Try to build up your general activity gradually.

Self referral form:

You can self-refer to the NHS physiotherapy service by completing and submitting the following form:

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