What is Physiotherapy?

Physiotherapy helps restore movement and function when someone is affected by injury, illness or disability through exercises, manual therapy, education and advice. 

Our Service Aims

  • To provide an easily accessible community based physiotherapy service throughout 30 locations (the majority being GP practices) to NHS Wakefield Health authority patients.
  • To help encourage independence and promote self-management within the treatment programme.

Benefits of Physiotherapy

Physiotherapy is a recognised profession within the NHS and is beneficial in the treatment of a range of musculoskeletal conditions including:

  • Back pain
  • Sciatica (referred leg pain)
  • Neck pain
  • Headaches
  • Whiplash injuries
  • Postural problems
  • Sports injuries
  • Ankle sprains
  • Muscle sprains
  • Shoulder conditions
  • Arthritis of joints

We provide two pathways - Community Physiotherapy and the recently adopted PhysioLine into our service.

Community Physiotherapy

Community Physiotherapy is an adult musculo-skeletal physiotherapy service currently based at 30 locations across the Wakefield District. This pathway enables convenient access for patients following referral from their GP. 

The initial appointment will approximately be 40 minutes. You will be asked a series of questions about the problem area which will include the background history and medical history. You will then have a physical examination to assess the affected area. 

The physiotherapist will then design a treatment plan for you which will include one or more of the following:

  • Exercises
  • Electrotherapy
  • Manual therapy
  • Postural advice
  • Self-management advice

Please ensure you are dressed appropriately for the appointment, i.e. loose clothing. T-shirt, if it’s a problem area of your shoulder/elbow etc. If the problem area is your knee/leg then wearing shorts or loose jogging bottoms would be advisable. 

Your follow up appointments will be made by the attending physiotherapist and will last up to 20 minutes. You will receive a confirmation via text of the appointment and an appointment card can be provided with contact numbers should you need to change the appointment.


PhysioLine is a new service that processes referrals from GP practices for patients with MSK conditions. Initial assessment will approximately be a 20 minute telephone assessment at a time of your choice. From the assessment, your physiotherapist will determine which of the 2 routes may best suit your condition. The options of which you are given are: 

Self-management route - you will be emailed bespoke exercises for you to go through as specified from your physiotherapist, and if necessary you will receive a 10 minute follow-up call 1-2 weeks after your assessment.

Referred to community physiotherapy - may be necessary dependent on the severity of your condition or if you feel this is the route you require.