Q What conditions can be treated by a Chartered Physiotherapist?

SPINAL PROBLEMS - including prolapsed discs, degeneration, sciatica, lumbago, stiff/painful neck, joint dysfunction and referred arm and leg pains.

JOINT PROBLEMS - arthritis, injury, pain/swelling/stiffness in joints such as shoulders, elbows, wrists, hips, knees and ankles.

INJURIES - to muscles, ligament, cartilage and tendon problems; and to work related conditions such as Repetitive Strain Injury (RSI).

AFTER SURGERY - rehabilitation after orthopaedic surgery e.g. hip and knee replacements or general physiotherapy after general surgery.

FRACTURES - treatment to increase the healing rate and to gain full function once the bones have healed.

OBSTETRICS - including ante and post natal classes/exercise/relaxation/advice and treatment for backpain after pregnancy.

SPORTS INJURIES - strains, sprains and bruising to soft tissue.

Other problems that can be treated include:

ABDOMINAL PROBLEMS

GYNAECOLOGICAL CONDITIONS

CHEST CONDITIONS

NEUROLOGICAL CONDITIONS

CIRCULATORY PROBLEMS

Q How does Chartered Physiotherapy differ from the 'alternative' forms of healing?

The methods used by 'alternative' therapies differ widely, but most of the theories and principles which govern them are included as standard practice in Chartered Physiotherapy, which is the 'orthodox alternative'. Physiotherapy is a medically recognised treatment with physiotherapists working closely with GP's and consultants. Many Chartered Physiotherapists have developed additional skills in areas such as acupuncture, relaxation therapy, aqua-aerobic water fitness programmes, Pilates Alexander technique, aromatherapy, cranio-sacral therapy and Shiatsu.

Q How do I know if a Chartered Physiotherapist is fully trained and has a qualification recognised by the state?

Only members of the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy, (known as 'Chartered Physiotherapists') and have the designatory letters 'MCSP' or 'FCSP' after their name, and State Registered Physiotherapists ('HPC'), have undergone the required training and passed the necessary state recognised examinations to enable them to practice within the within the NHS or in Private Practice.

Q Can I be treated by a Chartered Physiotherapist outside the National Health Service?

Yes. Anyone can receive private treatment from a Chartered Physiotherapist in private practice. Most private medical insurance schemes cover physiotherapy only when it is given by a Chartered Physiotherapist.

Q Do I have to be referred by a doctor?

No, not necessarily. You may consult a Chartered Physiotherapist without a doctor's referral, but contact will usually be maintained between your GP and Physiotherapist. Chartered Physiotherapists work in close co-operation with GP's in much the same way as consultants do, and this relationship is for the ultimate benefit of you, the patient.

This information is taken from the organisation of Chartered Physiotherapists in private practice "Physiotherapy for you" Leaflet.

Q What should I wear?

Please wear loose fitting clothing that can be easily removed, shorts/skirts are preferable when you have a lower limb problem that needs examining and treating.

Please be aware that the physiotherapist may need you to undress to your underwear to examine your spine so please wear appropriate clothing.