What is physiotherapy?

It is the treatment of injury or disease by improving the body's own natural mechanisms, using a variety of 'hands-on' skills, and other non-invasive / medication related modalities.

What conditions can be treated?

As a manual physiotherapist, a wide range of musculoskeletal conditions and sports injuries can be treated, including:
  • Spinal problems - neck, back, referred pain, whiplash, headaches
  • Joint problems - arthritis / injury / pain in parts of the body such as shoulders, elbows, wrists, hips, knees and ankles
  • Sports injuries - for example, sprains / strains / tears / bruising to muscles, ligaments, tendons and cartilage
  • Chronic pain - including conditions such as polymyalgia
  • Work related disorders - for example, RSI
Radlett Physiotherapy is also offering treatment for women's health issues, respiratory conditions, neurological conditions and paediatric problems

What does treatment entail?

An initial assessment will be undertaken to examine the cause and nature of the symptoms, together with gaining an understanding of your general lifestyle. Treatment can then be tailor made to suit your needs. Treatment for musculoskeletal conditions consists of a wide range of skills including mobilisation, massage, manipulation, electrotherapy, acupuncture, and Pilates. It will also include advice on the management of the condition. This is often related to posture advice both in the home and at work - for example, the best way to redesign your work station, or do the ironing. A home exercise regime or advice on your exercise routine is also usually included.

How long does a session last?

The initial assessment is usually up to an hour. This is to ensure adequate information is gained, and to allow time for treatment to commence as well. Average follow-up sessions last approximately 30 minutes.

Will I be in pain afterwards?

Depending on the nature of the condition and the type of treatment required, you may experience some discomfort immediately following the treatment, or the day after. This will subside over the course of 48 hours.

Do I need to rest following treatment?

Not necessarily. However, it is not advisable to undertake activities that may aggravate the symptoms.

How quickly will I feel the benefits of the treatments?

Physiotherapy is not a quick fix cure. You may feel the benefits a day or two after treatment. It may take a couple of sessions before you notice any improvements in the symptoms.

Can I be treated at home?

If you are unable to get to the practice and live within a 5 mile radius, a physiotherapist can visit you at home.

Do I need to be referred by a doctor?

Not necessarily, although most insurance companies insist on it. The team works closely with GPs and consultants, and for your own benefit would usually contact your own doctor if you have not been referred.

Can I claim on my insurance?

Yes. Radlett Physiotherapy is registered with all insurance companies under the name Radlett Physiotherapy Ltd. You will need to contact the insurance company prior to treatment. They will probably either send you a claim form which you will need to fill out and get your GP to sign or they will give a number to quote when you come for treatment. The insurance companies are then billed directly by Radlett Physiotherapy on your behalf. PLEASE MAKE SURE YOU BRING DETAILS OF YOUR INSURANCE TO YOUR 1ST APPOINTMENT.

Can I still have treatments if i have no insurance?

Yes. Radlett Physiotherapy has a self funding option, and all methods of payment are accepted except American Express. You will be expected to pay each session you attend. Please note that appointments cancelled within 24 hours will be charged.

How much are appointments?

Initial consultation - £60 for up to 1 hour Follow up appointments - £45 for up to 30 minutes Home visits (initial assessment) - £75 Home visits (follow-up appointment) - £65 For further information about treatments or costs, or to book an appointment, please call Radlett Physiotherapy on 01923 857 338.