Conditions We Treat

Low back pain

Commonly affects many people at some stage in their lives, we use a variety of techniques to treat this condition. Common causes for back pain can include: stiffness, postural weakness, disc problems, facet joint pain, spondylolysis, lumbago, scoliosis.


Is commonly caused by irritation of the sciatic nerve originating in the lumbar spine area, it often refers pain into the buttocks and legs and can cause acute pain, weakness or numbness in the legs and feet. Sciatica usually responds well to physiotherapy treatment but will occasionally require referral to an orthopaedic specialist for further investigation. If the cause of the irritation is a disc prolapse, then your physiotherapist can usually detect this and provide appropriate treatment or advice.

Neck pain

There are many causes of neck pain from simple postural problems to advanced arthritic changes. Neck pain is often associated with headaches and can refer pain into the shoulder or arms, and in some cases can result in pins and needles in the hands or forearms. Physiotherapy is usually highly effective in treating these symptoms, using a variety of techniques including joint mobilisation, trigger point massage and acupuncture.


Is an acute sprain of the soft tissue of the neck, it is caused by sudden, forceful forward, backward jerk of the neck, perhaps as a result of a motor collision, or a slip/trip/ fall. Commonly, people will complain of pain in the back of the neck or between the shoulder blades, which may radiate into the head, arms and hands. Other symptoms that may present are disturbance in eyesight, dizziness, pins and needles and nausea, however these are often acute symptoms and usually disappear after a few days. Physiotherapy in the early stages of whiplash is beneficial in reducing recovery time. Similarly, If symptoms have become chronic then treatment can help restore normal function of the neck and back.


Cervicogenic headaches are commonly treated by physiotherapists. These are headaches that originate in the neck or shoulders, spreading up the neck into the back of the head and occasionally to behind the eye area. The headache may be made worse by neck movement or equally sitting for long periods (such as sitting at a computer or reading). As for neck pain, physiotherapy treatment is particularly suitable for this type of headache.

Frozen shoulder

Adhesive capsulitis is a condition where the shoulder joint becomes stiff and painful resulting in limitation in the range of movement of the shoulder. Physiotherapy can help to increase the range of movement of the shoulder using a combination of exercises, massage and manual therapy to the joint and surrounding soft tissue.

Tennis/Golfers elbow

Lateral/medial epicondylitis is characterised by inflammation of the extensor/flexor tendon of the forearm muscles, commonly as a result of an overuse syndrome related to excessive use of the wrist in everyday or sporting activities. With the use of soft tissue massage/friction, acupuncture and exercises physiotherapy can help reduce the pain and inflammation and promote healing to restore function of the elbow.


Is a general term referring to degenerative osteoarthritis of the joints between the spinal vertebrae and the neural foraminae (where the nerves emerge from). Medical professional often describe this as 'wear and tear' and the condition is very common. If vertebrae in the neck are involved it is labelled cervical spondylosis, lower back symptoms are described as lumbar spondylosis. A clinical assessment by an experienced physiotherapist can help to reduce your pain and restore movement. Treatment may consist of mobilisation, electrotherapy or acupuncture, combined with gentle exercises/stretches to improve your flexibility.

Arthritis symptoms

There are two types of arthritis: osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis. Osteoarthritis (OA) is the most common form, causing pain and inflammation within a joint, as a result of the breakdown of cartilage between the bones. Commonly affecting hips, knees, hands and spine. Physiotherapy treatment can help alleviate symptoms of OA, with gentle mobilisations of the joint and exercises to help strengthen the surrounding muscle.

A more severe and less common form of arthritis is rheumatoid, an inflammatory disease mainly affecting joints and tendons. It occurs when the bodies immune system begins to attack the body instead of defending it. A physiotherapist can give exercises to help keep your muscles strong and retain a good range of movement in your joints.

Sports injuries

Most sports injuries can be successfully treated with appropriate physiotherapy treatment such as joint mobilisation, neural mobilisation, trigger point massage, acupuncture and stretches/core stability exercise rehabilitation.


As in tennis elbow, this is a characteristic of overuse syndrome, which may be the result of excessive use or simply being more prone to injury as we get older. Again, physiotherapy can help reduce the symptoms with hands on treatment, advice and exercises.

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Conditions We Treat

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S65 2AJ

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