Physiotherapy for MSK conditions involves the assessment and treatment of muscles, tendons, ligaments, bones, spinal discs, nerves and other structures to enable you to keep moving.
In some cases, your GP may advise you to self-refer via PhysioLine (01325 725988); This will be either a telephone or video assessment completed by one of our MSK Clinicians.
PhysioLine has proven to be an extremely effective way for patients to speak with an experienced MSK Clinician quickly and start managing their problem straightaway.
By using PhysioLine you can access specialist guidance and support, while causing as little disruption as possible to your normal routine.
Our Clinical Assessment and Treatment Service (CATS) is led by Advanced Physiotherapy Practitioners (APP's) designed for people for whom physiotherapy may not be appropriate.
This could be for a number of reasons; it could be that their physiotherapy treatment has not been successful, or that their diagnosis is unclear and they need further, more specialist intervention.
The CATS service can also order diagnostic tests, such as MRI scans or X-rays if appropriate.
The Pain Management service provides support and guidance to enable patients whom have developed chronic pain to improve their quality of life. This may include pain management programmes, Psychology input and medication reviews aiming to reduce opioid dependence.
Our rehabilitation sessions are for patients who need to improve their flexibility and strength following injury. Set in a gym environment, our MSK Clinicians will tailor you an individual programme and set goals to help progress rehabilitation and show you the benefits that exercise and movement can have on your recovery.
In addition to 1-to-1 sessions with clinicians, patients can be seen in a group setting in our Exercise Classes which are run by MSK Clinicians whom will advise you on a programme of exercises that help you progress to gain strength, flexibility, or muscle control to enable you to self-manage your condition. A group setting can be helpful for patients to see other people with the same condition and are well rated by our patients.
To enable you to continue your exercise activities clinicians will advise on home exercise programmes, local gym memberships or a referral to the Healthy Darlington Scheme at the Dolphin Centre.
Clinical Delivery Lead
Clinical Lead County Durham and Darlington Community Pain Management Services
MSK CATS Team Leader
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