Specialist Spinal Orthopaedic Physiotherapy Service

Our service

Your physiotherapist has referred you to the Spinal Service, or you may be considering a referral based upon information you have been given.

This means you will be seen in clinic by a Spinal Specialist Orthopaedic Physiotherapist. Alternatively, you may be shielding and an appointment may be given for a telephone assessment.

Your Specialist Spinal Orthopaedic Physiotherapist will take a detailed history of your condition, including questions about your medications. You may wish to bring a copy of your prescription with you, or have it readily available.

Once your Specialist Spinal Orthopaedic Physiotherapist has taken a history, you will be asked to undergo a physical examination which will help to formulate a clinical diagnosis.

The examination will involve observation and testing of your movement, balance, coordination, reflexes, and also some stretching movements. It is sensible to wear loose fitting, comfortable clothing or active wear for the assessment. If you have a telephone assessment, this may be limited or may not be required.

Once your assessment is completed, a clinical diagnosis can be made. This will help the decision to investigate, treat or refer onwards.

Our team

We are a team of specially trained Spinal Orthopaedic Physiotherapists who deal with the management of spinal conditions.

Your appointment letter may state that you are due to see a Consultant, however you will be seen by one of the Specialist Spinal Orthopaedic Physiotherapists below.

The Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeons in our Trust are not involved in these clinics. All surgical referrals are made to RD&E Hospital Spinal Surgical Team.

You will meet any one of the following Specialist Spinal Orthopaedic Physiotherapists:

  • Martin Fancutt
  • Alan Potts
  • Graham Neal
  • Amanda Wreford-Brown
  • Daniel Stuart