What is physiotherapy?
Physiotherapists are specialists in human movement and injury, who work together with patients to promote return of function. Treatments can consist of ‘hands-on’ treatment, exercise and complimentary techniques to promote healing. No treatments are used without obtaining patient consent. Physiotherapists also try to prevent problems recurring by giving advice and encouraging appropriate exercise and self-care.
What training do physiotherapists have?
Physiotherapists have a four year university degree and post graduate training in muscle and joint conditions, orthopaedics, stroke and other areas. During this training over 1000 clinical hours are completed in a variety of different specialities.
All physiotherapists employed in Forth Valley are Chartered Physiotherapists registered with the Health Professions Council.
What conditions do physiotherapists see?
Physiotherapists are involved in treating a huge range of conditions in both outpatient and inpatient settings.
Outpatient treatment is provided in the physiotherapy departments in Stirling Community Hospital, Falkirk Community Hospital and in 20 health centres across Forth Valley. Common conditions seen in outpatients are
- neck and back pain
- joint problems e.g. injuries, arthritis, pain and swelling
- sports injuries or other acute injuries e.g. sprains
- work related conditions
- after orthopaedic surgery
- after fractures
- persistent pain
- women’s health conditions including ante and post natal care and incontinence
- children’s conditions e.g. postural and walking problems and neurological conditions
- adult neurological conditions e.g. stroke, head injury, multiple sclerosis
- cardiac rehabilitation
- chest conditions
Physiotherapists work on the wards in Stirling Royal Infirmary, Falkirk & District Royal Infirmary and in community hospitals across Forth Valley. Common conditions seen in hospital are
- chest conditions
- mobility problems or falling
- after general or orthopaedic surgery
- post natal care
- neurological problems e.g. stroke, head injury, multiple sclerosis
- following amputation
- children’s conditions
Community physiotherapy is provided by ReACH (Rehabilitation and Assessment in the Community and at Home), a multi-disciplinary team providing rehabilitation across Forth Valley for over 16 year olds at home.
Primary Care physiotherapists provide a service to adults with learning disabilities, mental health problems and to the elderly within Stirling Community Hospital, Falkirk Community Hospital, Day Centres or patients’ homes across Forth Valley.
How do I get referred to a physiotherapist?
You can be referred to outpatient physiotherapy by a GP in Forth Valley, a hospital consultant or other health professionals.
Useful Links & Resources
|Arthritis Research Campaign||A UK charity dedicated to the treatment and cure of arthritic conditions|
|Back Care||A UK charity helping people manage and prevent low back pain|
|Chartered Society of Physiotherapy||Professional,educational and trade union body for the UK’s 47,000 chartered physiotherapists, students and assistants.|
|Chest Heart and Stroke Scotland||Aims to improve the quality of life for people in Scotland affected by chest, heart and stroke illness through research, advice and support.|
|Health Professions Council||The regulatory body for health professions in the UK, including a register of all Physiotherapists.|
|Pain Association Scotland||Provides support and information to help deal with long term pain|
|Physiotherapy advice||Site developed by NHS Lothian giving advice and exercise for managing knee symptoms.|
|Shoulder doc||Patient information and professional educational material on shoulder and elbow problems|
|Therapy Directory||Providing a vast amount of information about various therapy techniques.|
Stirling Community Hospital Physiotherapy Department
Stirling Community Hospital
Telephone: 01786 434061
Fax: 01786 450588
Forth Valley Royal Hospital Physiotherapy Department
Forth Valley Royal Hospital
Telephone: 01324 566000
ReACH (Rehabilitation and Assessment in the Community and at Home)
Hut 9 (Old Ward 3)
Falkirk Community Hospital
Telephone: 01324 677572
Fax: 01324 677572
Primary/Community Care Service
Telephone: 01324 574359
Fax: 01324 574346