Musculoskeletal and Rheumatology Outpatients

Who we are

We are a busy department treating outpatients with a range of differing musculoskeletal and rheumatological conditions, ranging from fractures, following surgical interventions, spinal conditions, rheumatological conditions, arthritis, sporting injuries and many others. We provide one to one treatment, gym class sessions for lower and upper limbs and a back rehabilitation class. We also have a hydrotherapy pool for physiotherapy treatment and exercise in a warm hydrotherapy pool. Patients are referred to us by either a consultant or GP.

Your appointment

You will attend the department and receive a full and comprehensive assessment by one member of the highly skilled team.

How long will it take – This assessment will last between 40 to 60 minutes.

What should I expect

  • Questions will be asked for the physiotherapist to understand your condition, along with general medical questions (Please bring a list of all medication you are on to help us with our assessment). 
  • A full physical examination will follow this where a series of tests will be carried out to find the cause of your condition. We do need to be able to see the area that is causing you a problem, so you will probably be asked to undress down to your underwear, (you may bring shorts to wear if you prefer.) 
  • The findings of both the subjective and physical examinations will then be discussed with you and a treatment plan decided.

Follow-up appointments


Treatments may consist of one to one treatments, where the therapist may apply a mobilisation or manipulation technique, apply acupuncture techniques, teach exercises, apply electrotherapy treatments such as ultrasound, or a course of Hydrotherapy .
All treatments will be discussed with you first and only applied if you are in agreement.

Further Information

Some patients may have received a leaflet before attending which includes self help, advice and some anatomy information. We have leaflets for:

  • Back Pain
  • Cervical Spine Pain 
  • Whiplash injury
  • Shoulder Pain
  • Elbow pain
  • Hand and Wrist pain
  • Knee Pain
  • Ankle Fracture 
  • Hydrotherapy