What is a Physiotherapist?

A physiotherapist is a person who is qualified to a degree level in the rehabilitation of patients, affected by injury, illness or disability. The physiotherapist may use manual therapy, education, exercise, postural advice and electrotherapy and guided self-management to facilitate recovery and promote independence.

What is a Musculoskeletal condition?

Musculoskeletal disorders are injuries or pain affecting the joints, ligaments, tendons, nerves of the body and any structures that support the limbs and spine.

What conditions do Physiotherapists treat?

  • Spinal conditions such as neck or back, with or without referred pain / symptoms
  • All peripheral joint problems including ligament sprains, muscle strains, tendinopathies, or bursitis.
  • Joint arthritis pain e.g. OA knee / hip joint
  • Pain as a result of postural / workplace issues
  • Post fracture rehabilitation
  • Following orthopaedic / spinal surgery
  • For any MSK condition for long term management when surgery is deemed inappropriate
  • Our service is an adult MSK service, but 16-18 years are eligible if accompanied by a parent / appropriate adult to give consent.

Novus Health has created a data base of simple and safe exercises that can be accessed from our website. We have grouped these exercises into body region:

  • Spinal conditions, neck, thoracic and back conditions
  • Upper limb conditions; shoulder, elbow, hand and wrist
  • Lower limb conditions; hip, knee, ankle and foot conditions.

Please open our Question and Answer advice below for commonly occurring conditions and exercises that GPs can access or patients can try as part of a self-management process.

Your Community Physiotherapy Appointment

Novus Health will contact you to arrange a suitable time and choice of location to see a physiotherapist. The initial appointment will between 30 and 45 minutes depending on the complexity of the condition.

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
  • Manual Therapy
  • Electrotherapy

Please ensure you are dressed appropriately for the appointment, i.e. loose clothing or a 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. 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.