Physiotherapists work with you to help keep your muscles strong and your joints flexible. They assess your injury and use a range of physical techniques to improve any existing injuries and to reduce the risk of future disease and disability.
Our physiotherapists work with you to improve movement disorders that:
- you may have had since birth
- you have because of an accident or injury
- are the result of ageing or other life-changing events.
We work with people admitted to hospital and people in rehabilitation and in outpatients.
Common conditions that physiotherapists can treat include:
- post-surgical conditions – for example, hip and knee replacements
- neurological conditions – for example, stroke, Parkinson’s disease
- muscle and joint pain – for example osteoarthritis
- back, neck and shoulder pain
- Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) and other breathing difficulties
- muscle weakness or deconditioning that occurs because of lack of activity or following recent illness/surgery.
They can also:
- provide support for children who have a delay in learning to crawl and walk
- teach you how to prevent falls.
You can be referred to the service by:
- the hospital staff – after admission
- your local doctor and/or community services
- your family and carer