Physiotherapy DOES Matter, just take it from our patients...A blog from our clinical manager, Nick Livadas
October 18, 2017
As quoted by the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy (2013),
‘Physiotherapy helps restore movement and function when someone is affected by injury, illness or disability.’
As the clinical manager of our physiotherapy team I have what I believe to be the enviable task of reading our patients feedback and reviewing their reported scores relating to their quality of life. What soon becomes apparent to me is that Physiotherapy can offer so much more than the definition suggests. It can have a profound effect on an individual’s quality of life, general health and wellbeing. Here are just a few of many examples of feedback offered from our patients…
‘My injury affected every aspect of life resulting in no social life, affected work performance, an inability to exercise and disturbed sleep. Life was a nightmare for the 3 months before physiotherapy began.’
‘Miraculous. Life has finally resumed! I’m extremely amazed and pleased, thank you!’
Lisa from Gosforth
‘I was off work for 6 weeks and I could only walk for 20minutes before pain prevented me doing anything. I could not walk my dog and the housework was not getting done.’
‘I am now back at work and walking my dog again thanks to Summer’
Miss Stewart from Kenton
‘I couldn’t sleep and I was finding life extremely difficult. I was becoming stressed and getting very down.’
‘I’ve been cured 100% thanks to Sara and her magic treatment. I had doubts to begin with but it really worked from the first session.’
Mrs Morris from Whickham
‘I was unable to walk independently and my legs were weak. I was very worried that I would never regain my independence. ‘
‘The improvement has been so good that I now have my independence back, hooray!’
Beth from Gateshead
I was off work for 3 months and had to rely on my family at home for support. I was also unable to go swimming.
Thanks to the successful treatment, I can now enjoy swimming again and am back to work full time without restrictions.
Here at Physiotherapy Matters we measure every patient’s quality of life before and after treatment using a well know quality of life survey called the EQ5D which scores quality of life based on 5 components which are pain, mobility, washing/dressing, normal activities and anxiety/depression. We do this to ensure that the treatment we offer are having the desired effect which is to improve the quality of life of our patients. Our average results over the last year demonstrate an improvement of + 0.25 which is a significant gain when compared to studies looking at the outcome of surgery for several orthopaedic conditions (Jansson & Granath, 2011). The greatest gains were seen in the reduction of pain and improved mobility. It has also allowed us internally to focus on conditions which do not score as highly so we can ensure appropriate training to improve our clinical standards.
Whilst you may know a little about what a physiotherapist does it terms of massage, manipulation, acupuncture and exercise based rehabilitation I thought it would be useful to share why we do it. Here at Physiotherapy Matters we offer physiotherapy services to improve our patients quality of life, their health and their wellbeing. https://www.physiotherapymatters.co.uk/treatments/
Nick Livadas BSc (Hons) MSc MCSP
Clinical Manager & Clinical Specialist in Physiotherapy