What We Treat

The Physiotherapy Unit offers state-of-the-art facilities combined with some of the UK’s leading Physiotherapists. The service is based at the Hospital of St John and St Elizabeth where our Physiotherapy team treat a range of conditions.

Physiotherapy Team

World-Class Physiotherapists

The Physiotherapy Unit is staffed by experienced chartered physiotherapists whose cross section of specialist skills and interests cover every area. They work closely with some of country’s finest consultants and nurses, offering the highest standard of specialist care and attention. Our lead physiotherapist Carrie Mattinson has a wealth of experience having previously worked for BUPA as their Physiotherapy Lead.



Physiotherapy Facilities

State-Of-The-Art Facilities

The Physiotherapy Unit benefits from a custom built facility offering state-of-the-art care and treatment options for all patients. The facility provides personalised one-to-one assessment and treatment with flexible opening hours, a rehabilitation gym and home visits available.

Patient At Physiotherapy

Treating Recreational To World Class Athletes

We regularly treat elite sportsmen and athletes in our unit both following surgery and as outpatients.  This includes premiership footballers and rugby players, cricketers, dancers, badminton and basketball players. The same high level of care available to these athletes is extended to everyone who comes through our dedicated specialist unit.

Physiotherapy Unit Services

The Physiotherapy Unit is one of the UK’s leading physio centres and provides a comprehensive range of services for patients. Common conditions treated are listed below.

Back Pain

Back pain is a common condition and the leading cause of work absence in the UK. It is often not possible to identify the cause but back pain can occur anywhere down the spine from neck to hips.

Physiotherapy can be employed effectively to swiftly relieve the pain and restore function to affected areas.

Treatments can include manual therapy to manipulate the spine and massage to relief muscle tension while some patients can be directed to group exercise classes and a programme of stretches and exercises.

Skilled physiotherapists provide guidance on how to stay pain free and prevent further back bain.

Neck Pain

Neck pain is increasingly common and can often be caused by bad posture while sitting at a desk for long periods or by sleeping in an awkward position.

Injuries from falls or a traffic accident are a major contributory factor to neck pain that does not ease quickly or recede with paracetamol or ibuprofen.

A physiotherapist can advise and administer treatments that relax the body and active physical therapy to restore strength and movement after assessing the site and extent of the pain and discomfort.

Deep tissue massage targets stressed tissue and techniques to stretch and mobilise the spine can be employed to reduce pain and restore function.

TENS machines (which provide controlled electrical impulses to the muscles) can be used along with ultrasound which increases blood flow to affected areas, reducing stiffness and pain while enhancing the body’s natural healing process.

Sports Injuries

Sports injuries come in many forms and impact almost any part of the body, from muscles, tendons and ligaments to joints and bones. It is important to seek advice if you feel pain as continuing to exercise while injured can cause further and more long-lasting damage.

Resting and regularly applying an ice-pack to the affected area is the important first step but if the symptoms do not improve in a few days then physiotherapy help is advisable.

The physiotherapist can determine the extent of the injury and devise a tailored programme that reduces the pain, restores movement and function and then builds strength to prevent further injury.

Using established diagnostic pathways, the physiotherapist can determine what treatment, such as massage and manipulation, will remedy the pain and what exercises are needed to restore mobility and safeguard against repeat injury.

Physiotherapists can also advise on specific approaches to training and exercise that will enhance safe performance and improved capabilities in the future

Post-Operative Rehabilitation

Recovering from an operation that has affected mobility needs to be well-structured and individually tailored to ensure the best outcome.

Most injuries do not require surgery but some require corrective procedures and fixing with plates, screws and rods.

Operations to repair knee and ankle joints and torn tendons and ligaments are standard procedure and rehabilitation is a crucial element of their success.

The process needs to be progressive and considered so that muscles, joints and bones are not put under too much strain. Our physiotherapists are skilled at designing programmes that lead to the best possible recovery without causing any further stress.

The team has worked with Olympic and professional athletes through a range of complex injuries as well as helping patients achieve desired mobility and function so they can return to work, sport and maintain their independence.

Physiotherapy is an important tool for recovery from any type of operation and it plays a hugely important role in restoring independence for all patients.

Being guided back to basic functions such as walking, climbing stairs and everyday domestic functions are critical to full recovery from the operation and to provide the strength and flexibility to stay healthy

Having a professionally prepared physiotherapy plan is an essential part of rehabilitation.

Full List Of Conditions Treated By The Physiotherapy Unit

Our physiotherapists are committed to helping you and we treat the full range of conditions including:

  • Back pain and neck pain
  • Strained ligaments
  • Muscle injuries
  • Headaches
  • Sports injuries
  • Post operative rehabilitation
  • Hand therapy
  • Chronic pain
  • Neurological physiotherapy including stroke rehabilitation (Stroke Unit) and physiotherapy for Parkinson’s Disease and Multiple Sclerosis
  • Respiratory physiotherapy and pulmonary rehabilitation (Respiratory Unit)
  • Paediatric physiotherapy
  • Women’s health physiotherapy
  • Dizziness and vestibular dysfunction management
  • Elderly care including falls prevention and management
  • Lymphodema therapy

Additional Services Available

  • Manual handling training for businesses
  • Work station assessments
  • Occupational therapy
  • Paediatric occupational therapy
  • Podiatry
  • Pilates classes
  • Ante natal and post natal pilates classes
  • Massage therapy
  • Cycle ergonometry
  • Acupuncture

Contact the physiotherapy unit on 020 7806 4010 for further information on any of our services or to make a booking

You do not always need to be referred by your doctor to access our services, although we do prefer to communicate with them in managing your treatment. If you are using medical insurance, your insurance company may insist on a doctors referral.

"All profits from the Hospital fund St John's Hospice, keeping its vital services running, which provide free care for over 4,000 terminally ill patients and their families each year."

Steve Barnes - Hospice Director

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