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Swelling after an operation – 5 causes not to ignore

Swelling can occur for many reasons. It normally presents as an increase in the size of the affected body part or a change in the shape. You might notice heat and pain around the same area but not always. Swelling can be due to a number of different reasons. Often it is not worrying or […]

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All you need to know about your Intervertebral Discs

This blog of our ‘Basic Anatomy’ series of the body we have been doing discusses intervertebral discs. What are the myths about our intervertebral discs? There are many and varied myths out there about the risks of damage to our intervertebral discs. It can be very worrying to read labels such as ‘slipped disc’ or ‘compressed […]

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How can Physio help your mobility?

What is a mobility problem? Mobility problems can occur whatever age or ability you are; ranging from a child to an athlete to an elderly person. Mobility is ability to move – this can be running, walking, moving a wheelchair or walking with aids like crutches or sticks.  Your mobility may have deteriorated to some […]

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How To Get Your Quadriceps Muscles Working Well

The quadriceps muscles are the large muscles at the front of the thigh. There are four of them, hence quad. Because they pass over both the front of the hip joint and also the knee joint, the quadriceps muscle group can act to bend (flex) the hip and also to straighten (extend) the knee. They also […]

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6 Ways to Maximise your Recovery and Minimise Your Swelling

Are you suffering from swelling after an injury or operation? So often people struggling after an injury or operation with persistent swelling.  This swelling can cause all sorts of problems both in the short term where it can switch off muscles and cause a lot of pain, and also in the longer term where it […]

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How to Prepare for Your Operation

“50% of outcome success is due to the surgeon, the other 50% is due to the patient’s commitment to recovery, and this starts with pre-hab” Following surgical intervention, individuals are usually sent to a physiotherapist for an exercise program to rehabilitate them over the following three months. This physiotherapy intervention and conditioning training aims to […]

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How to Set Recovery Goals after an Operation or Injury

At the start of a physiotherapy session, our therapists will discuss with their patient what their goals are.  This allows the client to think clearly and verbalise what they want to achieve, and it often throws up their frustrations.  As one of our patients reported, “’I haven’t been able to get back to netball after […]

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Top Benefits of Hydrotherapy for Rheumatology Conditions

Hydrotherapy is an excellent option for long-term management of rheumatology conditions such as Rheumatoid Arthritis, Ankylosing Spondylitis and Fibromyalgia.  In this blog post, our physio and Bristol Manager Leanne Plenge explains the top reasons why hydrotherapy is so effective.   Buoyancy The ‘upward push’ of the water on a human body means that we are lighter […]

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All You Need to Know about Hydrotherapy: Part 2

In the final part of this special 2 part blog series, our Head of Orthopaedic Physiotherapy Emma McCabe reveals the evidence, which proves the effectiveness of hydrotherapy, and also some simple hydrotherapy exercises that you can even do at your own local pool.  In one systematic review, Perraton et al (2009) reviewed eleven studies of […]

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All You Need to Know about Hydrotherapy: Part 1

In this special 2 part blog series, our Head of Orthopaedic Physiotherapy Emma McCabe reveals all you need to know about hydrotherapy and its benefits. Hydrotherapy, or water therapy, is the use of water (hot or cold water, steam, or ice) to relieve discomfort and promote physical well-being.  Originally this therapy was known as ‘hydropathy’ […]

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