No Need to See Your GP
Do you need Physiotherapy?
We are trying a new way for you to get a physiotherapy appointment. Now you do not need to see your doctor before contacting thephysiotherapy department. You are able to do this if you are a patient registered at Drayton Practice.
What conditions can be treated?
Physiotherapy can help with a range of muscle and joint problems such as:
- Back pain, in the lower or middle back
- Neck pain
- Recent injuries such as strains and sprains.
- Joint or muscle pain.
How to self-refer
You need to print and complete the self referral form and return it to the Physiotherapy Department at QueenAlexandraHospital or to Drayton Surgery. You will then need to contact the Physiotherapy Department at QA to make an appointment. This is possible 2 days after receipt of your form.
What can I do to help, in the meantime?
Research has shown that resting for more than a day or so does not help and may actually prolong pain and disability. You may need to modify your activities initially, but the sooner you get back to normal activity the sooner you will feel better.
Getting stiff joints and muscles working can be painful, but this is a normal response and not a sign of damage. Feeling a bit sore initially is also normal and often a good sign that you are making progress.
Changing your position or activity frequently through the day will help to prevent and reduce stiffness. Try to build up your general activity gradually.
‘Over the counter’ painkillers can be helpful. A pharmacist will be able to advise you on the appropriate tablets.
Hot or cold?
If you have an old injury, you may find that holding a hot water bottle wrapped in a towel on the affected area for 10 minutes reduces pain, while for a new injury (hot and swollen joint) you can use a pack of frozen peas wrapped in a damp towel for 10 minutes.
NB: Be aware that hot and cold can burn and that you need to check (every 5 minutes) that your skin does not become very red or blotchy.