First Contact Physiotherapist
Pembroke Road Surgery are proud to support our practice based first contact physiotherapist service. First contact physiotherapists are advanced physiotherapists who are clinically competent to manage and treat musculoskeletal problems which means you may not need to see a GP.
If you are aged 18 or over and need to be seen for a musculoskeletal issue and meet the following criteria you will be offered an appointment with the physiotherapist in the first instance.
- Joint pain
- Shoulder pain
- Tendon problems
- Muscle pain
- Sports Injuries
- Knee problems
- Neck pain
- Soft tissue injuries
- Tennis elbow
- Back pain
- Trapped nerves
If you need to be reviewed for an MSK related issue, please complete an e-consult form online. Alternatively, please call your GP practice to book an appointment. Appointments will be arranged either on the telephone to discuss the history of the problem or as face to face where a specialist examination can take place. Please try to focus on one problem in each appointment.
- Shoulder: simple shoulder exercises and stretches you can do at home. This will help ease your shoulder pain and prevent the symptoms returning
- Hip/Knee: information on signing up to the ESCAPE-pain programme. This is a recovery and rehabilitation programme of exercises to help people who are suffering with hip and/or knee pain for more than 3 months.
- Arthritis: Versus Arthritis are providing a one-hour telephone call or group session to help people with OA Hip/OA Knee to learn about their condition and find out about the support that is available locally. This is a free service. To book an appointment please follow this link or telephone 0300 790 0433. People who have used this service have been incredibly positive about the support provided. Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire Versus Arthritis website has a section on their helpline, their online assistant and information about treatments available for arthritis. They have a page on managing symptoms
- Get support with arthritis
- Get support with managing your symptoms
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