Conditions We Treat

The Conditions that we treat:

Back Pain

Low back pain affects a large percentage of the population and is one of the main reasons for people visiting their GP and seeking help. Back pain can be due to many causes: disc injuries, muscle, ligament or joint problems, wear and tear, whiplash injuries or poor posture. Pain can be felt centrally or to one side. There may also be leg pain, possibly with pins and needles, sometimes extending into to the foot, caused by nerve entrapment. Back pain can markedly affect people's lives.

However, the most important and widely recognized fact, nowadays, is that the correct early advice, mobility and exercise, performed in the right way, are essential to making a good and speedy recovery. We are able to help by providing you with a thorough assessment and the correct treatment and advice.

Neck Pain

Neck pain is very common and affects many people in various different ways. There are many causes for neck pain: disc injuries, muscle, ligament or joint problems, wear and tear, whiplash injuries or poor posture. Pain can be felt centrally, to one side or both sides. It can be felt in the neck, head, eyes or shoulder blades. Headaches often arise from the neck as well. There may also be arm pain, possibly with pins and needles, sometimes extending into the hand, caused by nerve entrapment.

However, the most important thing is that the correct early advice, mobility and exercise , performed in the right way, are essential to making a good and speedy recovery.

We are able to help by providing you with a thorough assessment and the correct treatment and advice.

Sports Injuries

Exercise and keeping fit, as we all know, are essential for our wellbeing and general health and many people take part in activities of every type and at all levels. However, we all do get injured from time to time!

These injuries can be to joints, muscles, ligaments and bones. Many will resolve themselves quickly with rest, hot or cold and support. However the appropriate advice, treatment and rehabilitation mean that recovery takes place more quickly with an earlier return to your sport and exercise.

We are highly experienced in providing the correct treatment for all types of sport injuries.

To make an appointment please call Towcester Medical Centre : 01327 359953

If you would like to discuss your problem please call Marion Thom : 07808 331386

Strains and Sprains

Whether due to sporting activities, exercise, running, walking, DIY, gardening, ice and snow slippages or accidents in the home, we are all at risk of straining or spraining something at some time in our lives!

These injuries can affect joints, muscles, tendons, ligaments and bones. The majority of them resolve of their own accord in a short time. However, for those that do not, then the appropriate advice , treatment and rehabilitation mean that recovery takes place more quickly.

We are very experienced in providing the correct treatment for sprains and strains.

Tendon Pain / Tendonitis

Tendon pain is either due to injury, such as a sprain or strain or due to inflammation, known as tendonitis or tendonosis.

Tendons have a poor blood supply, as they need to provide strong muscle attachment to bone. They therefore can take a little time to heal, without the correct help and can be quite a troublesome problem.

The Achilles tendon is the largest and strongest tendon in the body and is often injured during sporting activities. It can also commonly be prone to more chronic pain, generally due to overuse, for example in repetitive or unaccustomed exercise. The tendon becomes swollen and painful to the touch, making exercise, walking and running very difficult and painful.

The other frequent site of tendon inflammation is at the elbow, known as "Tennis Elbow" if the pain is on the outside or " Golfer's Elbow" if on the inside of the joint.

You do not need to have taken part in either of these activities to have tendon pain in these areas!

The structures at fault are the extensor tendon on the outside and the flexor on the inside.

Both tendons are used a great deal when gripping and the inflammation occurs due to repetitive or unaccustomed activities. The tendon becomes slightly swollen, at times and very tender to the touch. Tennis Elbow is the more common and can quite markedly affect daily life, affecting even the smallest activities such as picking up the kettle!

We are very experienced in treating tendon injuries and inflammation of all types. The correct advice and treatment is vital to a successful outcome and we are able to provide this and help you.

Nerve Pain

Nerve pain can be caused by back and neck pain problems or through injury. The symptoms are very varied- aching, burning, throbbing, hot, cold, crawling sensations, pins and needles or numbness.

Physiotherapy can be very effective in assessing the problem and then providing the correct treatment.

Sciatica

Sciatica is pain resulting from injury to or compression of the sciatic nerve. The sciatic nerve is the largest and longest nerve in the body. It starts in the lower back, being made up of several nerve 'roots' which combine together to form the nerve. This passes into the buttock and then down the leg into the foot. Its various branches supply the back of the thigh, the side and back of the lower leg and the whole or part of the foot. Symptoms can be aching, throbbing, burning, feeling of hot or cold, pins and needles and/or numbness. There may also be muscle weakness due to the passage of the electrical stimulus carried by the nerve to activate the muscle being impaired.

The most common cause is due to nerve entrapment or tightness in the lower back either due to disc injuries or wear and tear. Also please see pages on back and nerve pain.

We are extremely experienced in treating the causes of sciatic pain.

The Femoral nerve

This too comes from the lower back but starts higher up the spine. As it passes in front of the hip joint the same symptoms as the sciatic nerve (above) can be felt but instead over the front of the thigh.

We can provide a thorough assessment and treatment.

Arm nerve pain

The Median and Ulnar nerves originate in the neck and compression can cause symptoms as in other nerves of throbbing pain, aching, burning, hot and cold, pins and needles and/ or numbness. There may also be muscle weakness due to the passage of the electrical stimulus carried by the nerve to activate the muscle being impaired. If the median nerve is the problem these will be felt in the outside of the arm and into the thumb, index and middle fingers. Whereas from the ulnar nerve these will be on the inside of the arm, little and ring fingers. Please also see pages on neck pain.

We have a great deal of experience in treating these conditions.

To make an appointment please call Towcester Medical Centre: 01327 359953

If you would like to discuss your problem please call Marion Thom: 07808 331386

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

This affects the hand via compression of the median nerve at the front of the wrist. You will feel pins and needles and/ or numbness in the thumb, index, middle and part of the ring fingers. This can especially occur at night. Carpal tunnel syndrome commonly occurs during pregnancy and as a result of repetitive activities.

Physiotherapy is extremely effective in treating this condition and we have a lot of experience in dealing with it.

Joint Pain

Joint pain can obviously occur anywhere throughout the body. The causes are varied but are most likely due to injury and especially to wear and tear or inflammatory arthritis. Physiotherapy can do a great deal to alleviate pain, increase mobility and power and restore function. We can help with walking and very often work in conjunction with our Podiatry colleagues to correct bio-mechanical problems.

Muscle Pain and Weakness

Muscle pain and weakness can be caused by injury, most commonly strains, pulls tears or severe bruising ( haematomas). It can also be caused by nerve entrapment which reduces the nerve signals to the muscle and some inflammatory conditions can cause widespread muscle pain and stiffness.

We are widely experienced in treating all types of muscle related problems.

Arthritis

Arthritis can be divided into two main categories: wear and tear type : osteoarthritis and inflammatory type: rheumatoid arthritis. Both result in painful stiff and sometimes swollen joints making movement, walking and daily activities very difficult. Osteo arthritis is the more common, being mainly an age-related problem and it particularly affects the knees and hips. We treat a lot of people with these conditions and are able to help relieve pain and to restore mobility, strength and function.

Post Injury Rehabilitation

Strains, sprains, tears, ruptures, fractures to all structures in the body whether from sports related activities or accidents and mishaps at home and work all require rehabilitation. We are highly experienced in assessing the problem and then guiding you through an individually tailored programme of rehabilitation to restore you to full function.

Post Surgery Rehabilitation

We see many people following surgical procedures. Most commonly this is after joint replacement surgery ( particularly after hip and knee replacements) and also after operations on fractured bones and soft tissues, e,g , muscles and tendons. We have a great knowledge of rehabilitation and treatment for these conditions.

Gait / Mobility Problems

Gait and mobility problems can arise due to a number of factors. These can include after joint replacement surgery, after operations following fractures, loss of confidence, lack of balance and general weakness. Whatever the cause, we are able to carefully assess the problem and then provide you with the appropriate graded treatment plan to restore good functional mobility for you.

Balance Disorders / Vertigo / Dizziness

These conditions can arise for a number of reasons and can seriously affect people's lives and confidence in many ways. Poor balance can arise due to having had an injury or operation, arthritis, poor mobility or lack of confidence. We can help these conditions by identifying the underlying cause and then providing the appropriate management and treatment.

Vertigo or dizziness can be caused by a lack of blood supply to the brain and by inner ear disorders. The inner ear controls and maintains our balance and infections of that area can result in the balance being severely disrupted. We can very effectively re train the balance mechanism by a programme of progressive exercises.

The other very common reason for imbalance and dizziness is due to' Benign Postural Positional Vertigo' or BPPV . This can occur as a result of getting older and / or if there has been a fall or blow to the head. In both circumstances crystals in the inner ear, associated with balance, become displaced, thus affecting the balance mechanism. Dizziness is commonly felt on change of position, e.g. up and down from a chair or getting into and out of bed.

Our physiotherapists are highly trained and very experienced in treating BPPV. The treatment for this is via the 'Epley Manoeuvre'. This is successful in 80-90 % of people. It consists of a short procedure of positional movements to restore the crystals to their rightful place.

We perform this treatment regularly and with a high success rate.

Women's Health

Continence Problems

Many women (and men) suffer from continence and leakage problems but feel embarrassed to seek help.

Continence issues can take many forms: Stress urine leakage, i.e. on sudden movements ' jumping, laughing, coughing. Frequency: going to pass urine many times in the day. Urgency: suddenly needing to 'go' without prior warning. Urge leakage: rushing to the loo and not getting there in time. All these problems occur as a result of weak pelvic floor muscles and bladder overactivity and imbalance. Causes are generally injury during childbirth and / or muscle weakness due to getting older.

Marion Thom is a specialist in Women's Health and continence issues. A thorough and careful assessment is undertaken followed by a progressive programme of pelvic floor muscle strengthening exercises and bladder training.

Pregnancy

Pre and Post Natal Back and Pelvic Pain

Many women are affected by low back and / or pelvic pain during and after pregnancy. One of the most common causes of pelvic pain is 'Symphysis Pubis Dysfunction' or SPD. Marion Thom is a specialist in Women's Health and very experienced in treating and managing the above conditions.

Respiratory Conditions

We can help acute and chronic respiratory conditions such as asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease or COPD and bronchiectasis. We can provide and are experienced in treatment via postural drainage to help to clear the airways and lungs and training in correct breathing techniques.

To make an appointment please call Towcester Medical Centre on 01327 359953.
Or email your details and requirements to info@towcesterphysiotherapyclinic.co.uk.

We will then contact you to arrange an appointment.

If you would like further information on the conditions we treat and the services we offer please call us on 07808 331386

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Appointments: 01327 359953
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Appointments: 01327 359953
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