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If you’re suffering in pain, then we can help. We treat a range of areas that can be affected by injury or disease. If we can’t fix the problem then it’s more than likely we can help you manage the symptoms of pain, swelling and stiffness.

The Body Parts we can treat with Physiotherapy and Pilates include:

  • Bones
  • Joints
  • Muscle
  • Tendon
  • Nerves
  • Discs
  • Fascia
  • Wounds
  • Meniscus
  • Bursa
  • Joint Capsule
  • Synovial Tissue

If you’ve got a problem affecting a body region, click on the part below to find out the conditions we commonly treat. If you can’t see your problem, give us a ring and we’ll tell you if we’re able to help.

  Back

The NHS estimate that 8 out of 10 people suffer back pain at some time. There are various types of back pain:

Lower Back (Lumbar Spine)

Non- Specific Low Back Pain
Lower back pain is felt in the area between the bottom of the ribcage and the top of the legs. It’s the most common type of back pain. Symptoms range from tension and stiffness to pain and soreness.

Sciatica
Sciatica is pain caused by irritation or compression of the sciatic nerve. The sciatic nerve is the longest nerve in your body, and runs from the back of your pelvis, through your buttocks and down both legs, ending at your feet.

Degenerative Disc Disease (DDD)
This condition affects the disc that sits between the spinal bones. It occurs when the amount fluid in the disc is reduced, making the disc less supple than it used to be. Chemicals within the disc can be released and stimulate the nerve endings which send signals up to the brain that promotes a painful response in the back. Pilates and Exercise have been shown to be one of the most effective forms of reducing pain and managing the condition.

Slipped Disc
This condition occurs when the fluid filled centre of the intervertebral disc pushes out the back of the disc, through small tears that occur in the stiff outer rings of the disc. In severe cases, the disc can press on nerves that pass into the legs. Pain is present when chemicals from inflammation stimulate the nerve endings that pass up to the brain, producing a painful response in the lower back, and sometimes into the legs. Physiotherapy, Pilates and Acupuncture can help to relieve pain, improve movement and regain function.



Mid Back (Thoracic Spine)

Upper and middle back pain (Thoracic Spine)
The upper and middle back is the section of the back between the base of the neck and the bottom of the ribcage. Pain in this area is less common than neck or lower back pain. Like many other types of back pain, upper and middle back pain can range from aching and stiffness to a sharp or burning sensation.

  Neck

Neck pain
Neck pain refers to any pain experienced in the area from the base of the skull to the shoulders. It may include stiffness or tightness as well as sharp pain and, in severe cases, it can reduce the movement of the neck and head. Neck pain can also cause headaches.

Whiplash Injury
Often sustained in a car accident, a whiplash injury occurs when the head is thrown forwards then back in a sudden, uncontrolled movement. It can result in pain, stiffness, loss of movement and dizziness. Physiotherapy is best started in the first few days following injury to achieve the best recovery possible.

  Shoulder

Frozen Shoulder
A condition leading to pain and stiffness in the shoulder, also known as adhesive capsulitis or shoulder contracture. The stiffness affects your ability to carry out everyday activities and may deteriorate until you cannot move the shoulder at all.

  Elbow

Tennis Elbow
A condition whereby pain is felt around the outside of the elbow. Its clinical name is lateral epicondylitis and it is usually caused by the overuse of muscles and tendons located in the forearm, near the elbow.

  Wrist

Colles Fracture
This is a common break of the wrist that often occurs after a fall onto an outstretched hand. Predominantly in people suffering osteoporosis or high force injuries, a plaster cast is needed to give the bones a chance to heal. Physiotherapy would be beneficial after a plaster cast has been removed to reduce stiffness, increase range of movement and regain strength.

  Hands

Hand

Dupuytren’s Disease
A condition that causes the fascia in the palm of the hand to develop tight cords. This can bend the fingers, especially the little and ring finger, which cannot be straightened out, causing problems with washing, dressing and activities involving the hand.

Thumb

Dequervain’s Tenosynovitis
A condition causing pain in the outer aspect of the thumb and wrist. It is caused by inflammation of the tendon sheath that surrounds the thumb in the outside of the wrist and can be swollen, lumpy and very painful. Often caused by repetitive lifting activities

Finger

  Pelvis

Pelvic Girdle Pain (PGP)
PGP consists of pain around the back or front of the pelvis affecting the sacroiliac joints or pubic symphysis. Commonly affected during pregnancy or after childbirth, pain around the pelvic girdle can affect sleeping, walking, getting in and out of the car, and rolling over in bed. Physiotherapy can help to teach effective muscle control through a Pilates programme. You may also benefit from hands-on treatment to improve joint and muscle activity and using a support belt.

  Hip

Osteoarthritis of the hip
This condition causes stiffness and pain within the joint. It occurs due to inflammation and roughening of the joint and the surrounding soft tissue (capsule, muscles, tendons and ligaments), most commonly with ageing or previous injury. Physiotherapy to improve movement, reduce pain and control the inflammation of the joint can help to manage your symptoms.

Total Hip Replacement (THR)
You might have a THR to get rid of the pain associated with Joint Arthritis. The worn parts of the joint are replaced with metal or plastic components that simulate the joint surfaces. This surgery is generally successful, but you may need exercises and hands-on treatment to help you get the best result, to reduce swelling and promote the healing process in the short term, and improve movement, strength, balance and coordination in the long term.

  Knee

Total Knee Replacement (TKR)
You might have a TKR to get rid of the pain associated with Joint Arthritis. The worn parts of the joint are replaced with metal or plastic components that simulate the joint surfaces. This surgery is generally successful, but you may need exercises and hands-on treatment to help you get the best result, to reduce swelling and promote the healing process in the short term, and improve movement, strength, balance and coordination in the long term.

  Feet

Morton’s Neuroma

Toes

  Head

  Other Conditions

Fibromyalgia
Also known as fibromyalgia syndrome (FMS), this is a long term condition resulting in pain all over the body. Other symptoms include increased sensitivity to pain, headaches, muscle stiffness, fatigue and difficulty sleeping.

Chronic Pain Syndrome

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