Specialist Spinal Orthopaedic Physiotherapy Service
Welcome to the Specialist Spinal Orthopaedic Physiotherapy Service webpage. Here you will find plenty of information on our service, and other services that we work closely in collaboration with.
We expect our webpage to be a useful resource for patients and service users, as well as being a hub of information for other colleagues and NHS Workers.
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.