Physiotherapy

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Physiotherapists treat people of all ages, helping them manage pain and using a number of methods to aid recovery. Our physiotherapy team is an integral part of the service offered at the Royal Orthopaedic Hospital.

Outpatient Physiotherapy offers a variety of services that treat patients with a variety of conditions from low back pain to patients who have recently undergone surgery. You may be referred to the Outpatients Department from your GP, Consultant or following an operation. Depending on your needs you will be seen in the Outpatient Department, Physiotherapy Gymnasium or Hydrotherapy. These three areas all work together very closely and so you may be treated in more than one area during your rehabilitationThe Physiotherapy Outpatients Department offers treatment for a wide range of conditions.These include:

  • Joint problems e.g. arthritis
  • Neck and back problems
  • Muscle and ligament injuries
  • Rehabilitation following surgery

To treat these conditions your physiotherapist will use a number of treatment techniques which they feel are the most appropriate.

Where are we located?

The Physiotherapy Outpatient Department is situated in the Therapy Department located above the Children’s Ward (ward 11). Accessible through the main outpatients entrance at gate C.

Contact us

0121 6854120

What can I expect?

You will be assessed by a State Registered Physiotherapist on your initial appointment. This will include asking you questions about your current problem as well as your past medical history. If you are taking any medications please bring a note of these. After this subjective assessment your Physiotherapist will perform a physical assessment.

From this assessment your physiotherapist will make a diagnosis of your condition from which they will be able suggest the best way to treat you. Your Physiotherapist will discuss these treatment options so that you can make an informed decision about your care.

The Outpatient Department works very closely with the Gymnasium and Hydrotherapy and so if it is deemed appropriate you may be transferred to one of these areas to help your rehabilitation.

Your Outpatient Physiotherapy Checklist:

  • Please ensure you arrive 5 minutes before your appointment.
  • Parking is limited so please allow sufficient time to park.
  • If you arrive late your physiotherapist will not be able to see you as it will mean a delay for following patients.
  • During your first appointment you will be asked questions about your problem and also about your general health. You will then be examined so please ensure you have appropriate clothing.
  • Your first appointment will last about 40 minutes.
  • Subsequent appointments will last about 20 minutes.
  • If you are unable to attend your appointment please let us know at least 24 hours in advance so that we can offer your appointment to another patient.
  • If you do not attend your appointment and then do not contact us within 2 weeks we will unfortunately have to discharge you from our care to allow other patients to be seen. 

Physiotherapy Gymnasium

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The gymnasium offers a variety of services to help your rehabilitation from an injury or following an operation.

A few examples of conditions treated are:

  • sports injuries
  • joint problems e.g. arthritis
  • rehabilitation after routine operations e.g. hip replacements and ligament repairs
  • rehabilitations after specialist surgery e.g. Ilizarov frames and for bone tumours
  • muscle and ligament injuries
  • neck and back problems

Where are we located?

The Physiotherapy Gymnasium is located at the back of the hospital adjacent to the Physiotherapy Department. It is also known as Rabone Hall.

Contact us

0121 685 4126

What can I expect?

  • The treatment may be given either on an individual basis or within a group. Rehabilitation classes that are run in the gymnasium include:
  • a variety of knee rehabilitation classes that range from helping you with your walking to returning to competitive sports
  • hip rehabilitation to help you reach your potential, whether your aim is to be able to walk down the stairs again or return to running
  • Pilates class for patients with low back pain which aims to increase and create a balance between strength and flexibility in your back
  • foot and ankle rehabilitation groups to get you back on your feet following an injury or surgery

Occasionally inpatients may be brought to the gymnasium by a ward physiotherapist to help in their rehabilitation following an operation.

We use a wide variety of equipment to aid your recovery, some you may recognise, as well as more specialist equipment. The Gymnasium works closely with the physiotherapy outpatients and hydrotherapy, as well other departments in the hospital, to ensure your rehabilitation runs smoothly to help you reach your goals. Whether your aim is to return to normal walking or competitive sports there is a team of experienced physiotherapy staff that will help you throughout your rehabilitation.

Your Physiotherapy Gymnasium appointment checklist:

  • Please ensure you arrive 5 minutes before your appointment and report to a member of staff.
  • Parking is limited so please allow sufficient time to park.
  • If you arrive late your physiotherapist will not be able to see you as it will mean a delay for following patients.
  • During your first appointment you will be asked questions about your problem and also about your general health. You will then be examined so please ensure you have appropriate clothing.
  • Your first appointment will last about 40 minutes.
  • Subsequent appointments will last about 20 minutes.
  • If you have been referred into a class these normally last 1 hour and also ensure you have appropriate clothing.
  • If you are unable to attend your appointment please let us know at least 24 hours in advance so that we can offer your appointment to another patient.
  • If you do not attend your appointment and then do not contact us within 2 weeks we will unfortunately have to discharge you from our care to allow other patients to be seen.

Hydrotherapy

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Hydrotherapy is the physiotherapy treatment of conditions in a heated (34 – 36 C) purpose built therapy pool.

The warmth of the water allows relaxation of muscles, aiding pain relief and joint movement.  Water buoyancy can be used to assist or resist movements, allowing development of a graduated exercise program.  Rehabilitation can also be commenced much earlier than on dry land as the body is more supported in water.

Where are we located?

The Hydrotherapy Pool is located on the main corridor of the Treatment Centre.

Contact us

0121 685 4125

What can I expect?

Our hydrotherapy pool is utilised to provide the latest treatment for:

  • Rehabilitation after routine and specialist operations e.g. hip/knee replacements, reconstructive surgery for bone tumours
  • Arthritic conditions e.g. osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis,
  • Back pain, including post surgery
  • Rehabilitation after fractures and other traumatic injuries
  • Pre-operative conditioning to improve joint movement & muscle strength prior to surgery

All patients are individually assessed and given a personalised program for the pool by a Chartered State Registered Physiotherapist.  Treatment may either be in a group or on an individual basis according to need.

Entry to the pool is available by steps, chair hoist or bed hoist allowing access for all levels of mobility. We work closely with the physiotherapy gymnasium / outpatients and other departments in the hospital, to provide a comprehensive rehabilitation package and help you to achieve your goals.

Your outpatient physiotherapy appointment checklist:

  • Please ensure you arrive 15 minutes before your appointment.
  • Parking is limited so please allow sufficient time to park.
  • If you arrive late your physiotherapist will not be able to see you as it will mean a delay for following patients.
  • During your first appointment you will be asked questions about your problem and also about your general health. You will then be examined so please ensure you have appropriate clothing.
  • If you have been referred from Outpatients or the Gymnasium you will go into the Hydrotherapy Pool on this appointment.
  • Please bring your own swimming costume (please ensure it is appropriate). We can supply towels but it helps reduce costs if you bring your own.
  • Your first appointment will last about 1 hour.
  • Subsequent appointments will last about 30 minutes.
  • If you are unable to attend your appointment please let us know at least 24 hours in advance so that we can offer your appointment to another patient.
  • If you do not attend your appointment and then do not contact us within 2 weeks we will unfortunately have to discharge you from our care to allow other patients to be seen.

Physiotherapy Self-Referral

 
You can self refer to Physiotherapy by completing this form and sending into the physiotherapy department.

Oncology Inpatients

Our specialist physiotherapist in orthopaedic oncology (cancer) are responsible for immediate post-operative rehabilitation of patients following many different types of limb saving surgery.

Find out more about orthopaedic oncology services

Patient information

Click here to access Physiotherapy patient information

Outpatient Physiotherapy offers a variety of services that treat patients with a variety of conditions from low back pain to patients who have recently undergone surgery. You may be referred to the Outpatients Department from your GP, Consultant or following an operation. Depending on your needs you will be seen in the Outpatient Department, Physiotherapy Gymnasium or Hydrotherapy. These three areas all work together very closely and so you may be treated in more than one area during your rehabilitationThe Physiotherapy Outpatients Department offers treatment for a wide range of conditions.These include:
Joint problems e.g. arthritis
Neck and back problems
Muscle and ligament injuries
Rehabilitation following surgery
To treat these conditions your physiotherapist will use a number of treatment techniques which they feel are the most appropriate.
Where are we located?
The Physiotherapy Outpatient Department is situated in the Therapy Department located above the Children’s Ward (ward 11). Accessible through the main outpatients entrance at gate C.
What can I expect?
You will be assessed by a State Registered Physiotherapist on your initial appointment. This will include asking you questions about your current problem as well as your past medical history. If you are taking any medications please bring a note of these. After this subjective assessment your Physiotherapist will perform a physical assessment.
From this assessment your physiotherapist will make a diagnosis of your condition from which they will be able suggest the best way to treat you. Your Physiotherapist will discuss these treatment options so that you can make an informed decision about your care.
The Outpatient Department works very closely with the Gymnasium and Hydrotherapy and so if it is deemed appropriate you may be transferred to one of these areas to help your rehabilitation.
Your Outpatient Physiotherapy Checklist:
Please ensure you arrive 5 minutes before your appointment.
Parking is limited so please allow sufficient time to park.
If you arrive late your physiotherapist will not be able to see you as it will mean a delay for following patients.
During your first appointment you will be asked questions about your problem and also about your general health. You will then be examined so please ensure you have appropriate clothing.
Your first appointment will last about 40 minutes.
Subsequent appointments will last about 20 minutes.
If you are unable to attend your appointment please let us know at least 24 hours in advance so that we can offer your appointment to another patient.
If you do not attend your appointment and then do not contact us within 2 weeks we will unfortunately have to discharge you from our care to allow other patients to be seen.
 
Physiotherapy Gymnasium
 
The gymnasium offers a variety of services to help your rehabilitation from an injury or following an operation.
A few examples of conditions treated are:
sports injuries
joint problems e.g. arthritis
rehabilitation after routine operations e.g. hip replacements and ligament repairs
rehabilitations after specialist surgery e.g. Ilizarov frames and for bone tumours
muscle and ligament injuries
neck and back problems
 
Where are we located?
The Physiotherapy Gymnasium is located at the back of the hospital adjacent to the Physiotherapy Department. It is also known as Rabone Hall.
What can I expect?
The treatment may be given either on an individual basis or within a group. Rehabilitation classes that are run in the gymnasium include:
a variety of knee rehabilitation classes that range from helping you with your walking to returning to competitive sports
hip rehabilitation to help you reach your potential, whether your aim is to be able to walk down the stairs again or return to running
Pilates class for patients with low back pain which aims to increase and create a balance between strength and flexibility in your back
foot and ankle rehabilitation groups to get you back on your feet following an injury or surgery
Occasionally inpatients may be brought to the gymnasium by a ward physiotherapist to help in their rehabilitation following an operation.
We use a wide variety of equipment to aid your recovery, some you may recognise, as well as more specialist equipment.
The Gymnasium works closely with the physiotherapy outpatients and hydrotherapy, as well other departments in the hospital, to ensure your rehabilitation runs smoothly to help you reach your goals.
Whether your aim is to return to normal walking or competitive sports there is a team of experienced physiotherapy staff that will help you throughout your rehabilitation.
Your Physiotherapy Gymnasium appointment checklist:
Please ensure you arrive 5 minutes before your appointment and report to a member of staff.
Parking is limited so please allow sufficient time to park.
If you arrive late your physiotherapist will not be able to see you as it will mean a delay for following patients.
During your first appointment you will be asked questions about your problem and also about your general health. You will then be examined so please ensure you have appropriate clothing.
Your first appointment will last about 40 minutes.
Subsequent appointments will last about 20 minutes.
If you have been referred into a class these normally last 1 hour and also ensure you have appropriate clothing.
If you are unable to attend your appointment please let us know at least 24 hours in advance so that we can offer your appointment to another patient.
If you do not attend your appointment and then do not contact us within 2 weeks we will unfortunately have to discharge you from our care to allow other patients to be seen.
 
Hydrotherapy
 
Hydrotherapy is the physiotherapy treatment of conditions in a heated (34 – 36 C) purpose built therapy pool.
The warmth of the water allows relaxation of muscles, aiding pain relief and joint movement.  Water buoyancy can be used to assist or resist movements, allowing development of a graduated exercise program.  Rehabilitation can also be commenced much earlier than on dry land as the body is more supported in water.
Where are we located?
The Hydrotherapy Pool is located on the main corridor of the Treatment Centre.
What can I expect?
Our hydrotherapy pool is utilised to provide the latest treatment for:
Rehabilitation after routine and specialist operations e.g. hip/knee replacements, reconstructive surgery for bone tumours
Arthritic conditions e.g. osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis,
Back pain, including post surgery
Rehabilitation after fractures and other traumatic injuries
Pre-operative conditioning to improve joint movement & muscle strength prior to surgery
All patients are individually assessed and given a personalised program for the pool by a Chartered State Registered Physiotherapist.  Treatment may either be in a group or on an individual basis according to need.
Entry to the pool is available by steps, chair hoist or bed hoist allowing access for all levels of mobility.
We work closely with the physiotherapy gymnasium / outpatients and other departments in the hospital, to provide a comprehensive rehabilitation package and help you to achieve your goals.
Your outpatient physiotherapy appointment checklist:
Please ensure you arrive 15 minutes before your appointment.
Parking is limited so please allow sufficient time to park.
If you arrive late your physiotherapist will not be able to see you as it will mean a delay for following patients.
During your first appointment you will be asked questions about your problem and also about your general health. You will then be examined so please ensure you have appropriate clothing.
If you have been referred from Outpatients or the Gymnasium you will go into the Hydrotherapy Pool on this appointment.
Please bring your own swimming costume (please ensure it is appropriate). We can supply towels but it helps reduce costs if you bring your own.
Your first appointment will last about 1 hour.
Subsequent appointments will last about 30 minutes.
If you are unable to attend your appointment please let us know at least 24 hours in advance so that we can offer your appointment to another patient.
If you do not attend your appointment and then do not contact us within 2 weeks we will unfortunately have to discharge you from our care to allow other patients to be seen.