Injury Rehabilitation Treatment
Our expert physiotherapists can design injury rehabilitation programmes to help maximise recovery after a sports injury, operation or accident.
We use a multi-disciplinary approach with the primary aim of returning you as closely as possible to your pre-injury condition.
We can usually offer an appointment within 24 working hours.
Call Gatley on 0161 491 1999 or the Heatons on 0161 432 3232
Rehabilitation Physiotherapy in Stockport
Your rehabilitation will be tailored specifically to your needs. It may include strengthening exercises, mobilising, pain relief techniques and functional skills.
The benefits of an injury rehabilitation programme include:
Contact our friendly team of qualified physiotherapists in Stockport today to discuss your situation and find out how we can help.
What is rehabilitation?
Rehabilitation after injury or illness is about enabling and supporting you to recover.
This normally involves a progressive programme of targeted exercises relevant for your problem. It is a step-by-step process which aims to get you back to work, hobbies, sport and life in general as soon as possible.
Rehabilitation should start as soon as possible after an injury to speed recovery. Research shows it can improve your mobility, flexibility, muscle strength and activity levels, improving your confidence and general well-being to shorten the amount of time you need to stay off work or away from your sport or hobby.
What does rehabilitation involve?
We will work with you and advise you on a series of individualised exercises/movements which we will progress with you, that are relevant for you, and that you can perform with your physiotherapist and more importantly, for better outcomes, at home on a regular basis.
How can physiotherapy help with my rehabilitation?
If you require physiotherapy as part of your rehab, you and your physio will work together to:
- Assess the nature and extent of your problems.
- Set goals with you, based on what is most important to you to get you back to your work, hobbies and general activities as soon as possible.
- Provide treatment, support and advice.
- Regularly evaluate how your rehab programme is progressing so you are achieving the goals you have set.
Call Gatley on 0161 491 1999 or the Heatons on 0161 432 3232
Who needs rehabilitation?
Rehabilitation is for any age and is effective for many different problems. Rehabilitation improves your condition in the short term but aims to prevent any long-term problems. You are never too old to exercise!
The following are examples of when we can help your rehabilitation:
- Following a knee injury, your general leg strength can be affected which can then reduce your balance. This can render you prone to further injury. Rehabilitation will improve your muscle strength and balance giving you the confidence to return to sport and activity.
- After a whiplash injury, the physio would instruct you on a series of mobility exercises and exercises to strengthen the deep muscles in your neck which are often weakened following injury.
- Rehabilitation is usually the first approach used to treat shoulder problems prior to interventions such as surgery or injections – for conditions such as impingement, rotator cuff tears, frozen shoulders, subluxations.
- If you have had a fall, your physio may recommend an exercise programme to improve your balance and strength and some equipment to assist you with walking.
- Recovery from injury such as fractures, ligament or tendon strains and muscle pulls.
- Following surgery, for example:
- Knee surgery – cruciate reconstruction or cartilage operations.
- Shoulder tendon repairs and stabilisations following dislocation.
- Back surgery.
- General abdominal surgery.
Prior to surgery – Prehab – for example, the stronger the leg muscles are prior to knee surgery the better the long-term outcome.
- The management of long-term conditions such as arthritis.
- Vestibular rehabilitation is used to assist with recovery from dizziness.
The benefits of rehabilitation are proven by research.
- Research supports knee rehabilitation for cartilage tears and arthritis (OA) and states that it is initially the preferable approach rather than key-hole surgery.
- If your sport includes overhead activities, such as tennis, cricket and netball, research has found that reduced balance can result in shoulder problems a couple of years later. Rehabilitation will provide an exercise programme to prevent this.
What equipment is used in rehabilitation?
Equipment used does not have to be complicated and you do not need to be a member of a gym. We ensure you can continue any exercises we teach you at home to maximise your rehabilitation. We often use simple weights, resistance bands, gym balls and your own body weight. Our team also includes qualified Pilates instructors (APPI) for individual or small group sessions.
What will happen when I see a physiotherapist?
The physiotherapist will have a detailed look at how you move to work out areas of stiffness or muscle weakness which may be contributing to your problem. As the physio will need to see the problem area, you will need to dress appropriately in loose comfortable clothing.
How can I help myself?
Your physiotherapist will work with you to achieve the goals you have set, so keep them up to date with how you are feeling. You will have exercises to practice by yourself or with friends or family, so do your best to stick with your programme.
If you have any problems with the programme, talk to your physiotherapist.
Rehabilitation can be hard work, so allow for some set-backs as well as progress and chart your successes. Work with your physiotherapist to get back to the things you enjoy.
Top tips for general rehabilitation
- Plan short-term goals as well as your final target for your rehab.
- Follow your rehab programme and pace your activities as you recover.
- Share your targets and your set-backs with family and friends to keep your motivation going.
- Regularly review progress and targets with your physiotherapist to maintain realistic progress plans.
NICE guidance requires all older people with recurrent falls, or at increased risk of falling, to be considered for individualised rehabilitation including strength and balance training. Half of people who have a fall will fall again within the next 12 months.
The team at our Gatley Physio and Heatons Physio clinics can instruct on a safe programme of exercises and guide you through a progression of the exercises as you improve, to help prevent falls or a recurrence of falls.
Physiotherapy exercise programmes to prevent falls in older people at risk can increase
- self confidence
- promote independence with transfers, getting in and out of the bath, getting up and down the stairs.
- facilitating functional activities such as dressing, washing and shopping.
- increasing safety around your home.
If you are paying for your treatment yourself, you don’t need a Doctor’s referral or pre-authorisation.
We require payment at the end of each session. You can use debit or credit cards, Apple Pay, cash or cheques.
Feel free to just call and book an appointment anytime.
Using Private Health Insurance for Physiotherapy
Our clinic is recognised by most of the major insurance companies, as we are all Chartered Physiotherapists and are registered with the Health and Care Professionals Council (HCPC).
You will need to check with your insurance company prior to treatment, as some companies require a referral from a Doctor beforehand.
Health insurance customers must first provide a policy number and authorisation code along with any excess details or treatment limitations.
Any excess on your policy is to be paid direct to the Clinic.
Contact a private physiotherapist near you today.
Why Choose Gatley & Heatons Physio?
We provide expert physiotherapy treatments from our clinics in Heaton Moor, Gatley and Didsbury and we regularly help patients from across Stockport and Manchester reduce their pain and return to normal activities.
We frequently work with clients in Cheadle, Bramhall, Poynton, Wilmslow, Northenden, Altrincham, Sale, West Didsbury, Withington, Burnage, Heaton Moor, Heaton Chapel, Heaton Norris, Heaton Mersey and Reddish, and we are regularly able to provide home visits for those who are not able to attend one of our clinics.
We have been established in these areas for many years and have a fantastic relationship with most of the Doctors in these areas. If needed, we will liaise with your Doctor about your condition, for example if medication is needed or a referral to another speciality.
We have an excellent reputation of providing high standards of clinical physiotherapy and a professional service through a trusted, personal and friendly approach.
We offer flexible appointment times to all patients including extended working hours and home visits.
Professional and caring treatment received with sound follow up advice. Would recommend to others without hesitation!