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Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy & Occupational Therapy Service

Aims and objectives of service

The aim of the Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy and Occupational Therapy Service is to provide professional assessment and management of problems affecting the bones, muscles and joints.

Service description

The service is delivered in a large number of clinic locations around Nottingham city. It provides comprehensive diagnosis of spinal, upper limb and lower limb musculoskeletal conditions and supports patients to manage their conditions.

The Physio service will offer treatment, advice and support for pain relief, improving mobility and the ability to carry out day to day tasks. Exercises and postural advice are commonly recommended, and other treatments may be offered, such as hands-on mobilisation for the joints or muscles. Exercise groups are offered around the city for people with similar conditions, such as a group for people with arthritis of the hips or knees. Some of the physios are also trained to carry out steroid injections.

The Occupational Therapy service may offer splinting for upper limb conditions that would benefit from a period of immobilisation or longer term support. This can help the healing process, prevent further injury or deformity, reduce pain, and improve limb function.

Physiotherapists and Occupational Therapists may also support patients with lifestyle advice to help them to improve their overall health and prevent further musculoskeletal problems. This might include physical activity advice, or referral to services which can support patients with maintaining a healthy weight.

The service cannot be used where the primary dysfunction is not musculoskeletal in origin (e.g. Stroke, COPD, other neurological conditions, mental health), or for people who are not able to attend a clinic using their own transport. These patients will be re-directed to appropriate services. Physio referrals for women who are pregnant or who have recently given birth will be forwarded on to Women’s Health Physiotherapy. The Occupational Therapy service does treat women for pregnancy-related hand conditions such as Carpal Tunnel Syndrome or De Quervain’s tenosynovitis.

Referrals

Self referral is available for the service.

Referrals will also be accepted from: Orthopaedics; Rheumatology; A&E; Fracture Clinic; Soft tissue injuries; Secondary Care Physiotherapists and Occupational Therapists; secondary care T&O Consultants (unless the treatment is within the hospital’s remit); Occupational Therapists; GPs; other health professionals in primary care; Occupational Therapists working for local authorities and the Community Hand Service

Population covered

The service is provided for people aged 16 and over who are registered with a GP in the Nottingham City Clinical Commissioning Group area.

Resources

A number of videos and additional resources exist to help with rehabilitation, including strengthening and movement exercises are listed below.

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At a Glance:

Health & Care Point

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0300 131 0300

Accessing the Service

You can be referred by:

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Service availability

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