What is Physiotherapy?
“Physiotherapy helps restore movement and function when someone is affected by injury, illness or disability. Physiotherapists help people affected by injury, illness or disability through movement and exercise, manual therapy, education and advice. They maintain health for people of all ages, helping patients to manage pain and prevent disease.” Chartered Society of Physiotherapy
The Trust’s physiotherapy services provide comprehensive assessment and treatment for a range of conditions associated with different systems of the body:
- Neuromuscular: brain and nervous system such as strokes (CSP - Stroke), multiple sclerosis (CSP - Multiple sclerosis), Parkinson's (CSP - Parkinson's)
- Musculoskeletal: muscles, joints, bones and soft tissues such as back pain (CSP - Back pain), whiplash associated disorder, sports injuries (CSP - Sports injuries), arthritis (CSP - Arthritis)
- Cardiovascular: heart and circulation such as chronic heart disease (CSP - Cardiovascular disease), rehabilitation after heart attack (CSP - Rehabilitation)
- Respiratory: lungs such as asthma (CSP - Asthma), chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (CSP - Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)), cystic fibrosis
Physiotherapy services work closely with social care services and secondary care in order to prevent admission to an acute hospital and facilitate early discharges. Physiotherapists can also give advice and support to carers.
Physiotherapists in mental health services and for Adults with Learning Disabilities (ALD) aim to:
- Promote the well-being and independence of people with physical problems associated with cognitive, functional, psychological and physical illness.
- Through their knowledge of clinical conditions and their expertise in the management of physical conditions, provide an extensive range of approaches to treatment aimed at relieving symptoms and improving quality of life.
- Complete specialist assessments, intervention, support and advice working closely alongside the patient, families, carers and the Multi-disciplinary team
- Use a variety of proven therapy techniques which are tailored to the individual in order to influence the psychological and physical health of individuals.
- Maximise a person’s functional ability to transfer and mobilise safely with or without an appropriate walking aid.
- Promote the importance of a healthy lifestyle through exercising, eating well, smoking cessation etc.
- Help support the person’s body and mind.
Treatment approaches include:
- Personalised exercise plan
- Group exercises including the gym
- Healthy Living groups
- Cold therapy
- Electrotherapy such as Ultrasound
- Specialist sleep systems
- Rebound therapy
- Support and advice
Falls awareness and management is a major aspect of the Physiotherapists role within Mental Health and ALD.
The ALD physio referral process is a written community learning disability team referral form which is then triaged through the clinical coordinator. The clinical coordinator can be contacted via telephone on 01743 211210.
The team has produced a Serious Pathology Guide designed to support clinicians in primary care settings. This list of pathologies is not exhaustive, as there are many others that may present in clinic. However, this guide endeavours to include the common serious pathologies that can masquerade as musculoskeletal pain.
This was written for clinicans by clinicians, as a quick reference point whilst working in a busy clinic setting. This is not a differential diagnostic tool. It was designed to ensure clinicians are reminded of the special questions and red flags that may indicate a serious pathology. It also includes suggestions on optimal pathways for the management of serious pathologies.
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Serious Pathology Guide for Clinicians in Primary Care (pdf)
Physiotherapy (Adults) Contact Details
North Staffordshire and Stoke-On-Trent
Community Therapy Referrals,
Shelton Primary Care Centre,
Stoke on Trent,
Community Physiotherapy Musculoskeletal Service, Rising Brook Health Centre,
Samuel Johnson Community Hospital,