What is physiotherapy?
Physiotherapists are specialists in human movement and injury, who work together with patients to promote return of movement and function when someone is affected by injury, illness or disability. Treatments can consist of ‘hands-on’ treatment, exercise and education to help people of all ages improve health and manage their condition. Through education, awareness, and participation in their treatment patients are encouraged to be involved in their own care.
Physiotherapy is a degree-based healthcare profession and all physiotherapists employed in Forth Valley are registered with the Health and Care Professions Council.
What do physiotherapists do?
Physiotherapists are involved in treating a huge range of conditions in outpatient, inpatient and community settings.
- Musculoskeletal physiotherapy (muscle, joint and bone problems)
- Inpatient physiotherapy
- Cardiac rehabilitation
- Pulmonary rehabilitation
- Children’s physiotherapy (paediatrics)
- REACH team
- Mental health and learning disabilities
Musculoskeletal physiotherapy treatment is provided in outpatient departments and health centres across Forth Valley including Forth Valley Royal Hospital, Stirling Community Hospital and in 18 health centres.
Some common conditions seen are:
- neck and back pain
- joint pain
- muscle pain
- sports injuries or other acute injuries e.g. sprains
- after orthopaedic surgery
- after fractures
- persistent pain
How do I get referred to a physiotherapist?
- self refer to outpatient physiotherapy if you are aged 16 or over
- be referred by a GP
- be referred by a hospital consultant
- be referred by other health professionals.
Useful Links & Resources
|Womens Health Physiotherapy||The NHS Forth Valley women’s health physiotherapy team deliver obstetric services.|
|NHS Inform||Provides health information you can trust. There is a musculoskeletal zone which provides advice and videos for all common musculoskeletal problems.|
|Arthritis Research UK||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|
|Pain Association Scotland||Provides support and information to help deal with long term pain|
Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy Outpatient Enquiries
Telephone: 01786 431111