Physiotherapy, like anything in medicine, is constantly changing.
We know through clinical experience and evidence that rehabilitation is crucial to a successful recovery after injury.
At the Jersey Sports & Spinal Clinic, we are committed to keeping up to date with the latest developments in physiotherapy.
At the Jersey Sports & Spinal Clinic, we believe that everybody has different needs. As such, your treatment will depend upon and be tailored to your specific problem(s) and lifestyle needs.
We enjoy a close working relationship with local GP s and Consultants thereby offering you the best possible care. The Jersey Sports & Spinal Clinic offers links to a range of other services such as Pilates, Occupational Health Services, Sports Massage, Podiatry and Chiropody.
What we Treat
Our chartered physiotherapists are highly qualified and experienced in the diagnosing, rehabilitating and managing any condition that involves joints, muscles, ligaments, tendons, nerves or connective tissue. We have specialist understanding of human body mechanics, and can therefore understand not only what your condition is, but also how and why it may have arisen. This includes, but is not limited to the following:
- Sports injuries
- Back & Neck pain
- Ligament sprains
- Muscle strains
- Repetitive strain injury
If we do not feel that physiotherapy is appropriate for you, we will make recommendations for you to see your GP, or a specialist. We are happy to liaise with the relevant specialists on your behalf.
Back and neck pain is extremely prevalent, and has been shown to be the second most common reason for seeking help from a GP, after the common cold
For those who have hypermobility, it can be advantageous for them. For some, having this extra movement can lead to generalised muscle and joint pain.
We have a special interest in the assessment, diagnosis and treatment of a migraine and headache disorders. In particular, we focus on the diagnosis and treatment of a neck related headache.
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We will treat you and not your scan. As such, there is no receipe. Your treatment plan will formulated together with you and it will depend upon the findings of your assessment. We will give you our open, honest and professional opinion on the diagnosis and treatment plan including an estimate of the number of sessions you may require. We understand that prevention is better than cure. It is always our goal to provide you with advice and exercises that will help to achieve improved long-term health and well-being throughout your lifetime.
We use the most up-to-date treatments including:
- Exercise prescription
- Detailed advice on best management
- Movement analysis & re-education of movement patterns
- Manual therapy/manipulation
- Pilates classes - 1:1 and small group
- Sports rehabilitation
- Gym ball exercise
- Acupuncture to reduce pain
- Postural & ergonomic advice
- Soft-tissue release/massage
- Taping to facilitate pain relief, positioning and function
We do not often use electrotherapy as, except in certain circumstances, there is little evidence to show that it works.
If we do not feel that physio is appropriate we will offer you:
- Advice regarding appropriate investigations such as scans and x-rays
- Suggestions regarding onward referral (e.g. surgery or injection therapy)to an appropriate specialist if necessary
- Recommendation(s) to manage your condition (where possible)
+ Acupuncture for pain relief
Sometimes we will use acupuncture as part of our treatments. If you do not like needles then do not worry; we will use something else!
Chartered Physiotherapists are also bound by a strict professional and ethical code. The Acupuncture Association of Chartered Physiotherapists [AACP] requires its members to initially undergo a minimum of 80 hours acupuncture training to get accredited and then adhere to an additional strict code of practice. Members are required to keep up to date with a stated minimum number of training hours per year in order to remain on the register.
Acupuncture is an ancient system of healing developed over thousands of years as part of the traditional medicine of China, Japan, and other Eastern countries. The earliest records of acupuncture date back over 3,000 years and today there are over 3 million practitioners worldwide. Perhaps more significantly, research has shown that Acupuncture stimulates the brain to produce natural pain relief by stimulating chemicals known as endorphins.
These chemicals also help the body to heal itself making acupuncture a wholly natural treatment. Traditional acupuncture is based on the principle that our health depends on the balanced functioning of the body’s energy, known as Qi (pronounced chi). When we are in perfect health all the energy runs harmoniously throughout our body. When an illness arises, this flow of energy becomes disturbed and this can manifest itself in a diverse range of symptoms.
Blocked Qi (energy) may relate to areas on the body that are tender to touch, particularly cold or warm, or a different colour. These clues help practitioners decide which points need to be treated in order to bring the body back into balance. Traditional acupuncturists aim to correct the flow of energy by using specific points around the body, resolving the symptoms. In treatment, we may use as few as 2 needles but often more. Treatment always depends on the specific needs of the patient.
There exists considerable research evidence suggesting that acupuncture is effective and beneficial. That is why we use it.
+ WHY PRESCRIBE EXERCISES?
The origins of Physiotherapy as a profession were in massage therapy and exercise rehabilitation. We now know that soft tissue massage can only have a temporary effect on our tissues. However, conversely, there is a large body of evidence which proves that Exercise IS Medicine.
It is easy to look up exercises on the internet but it can be a minefield to navigate which ones are best for you. This is where Physiotherapists are the Exercise Prescription Specialists. We prescribe the right exercise, with the right number of sets and repetitions in order for you to make as quick a recovery as biologically possible.
An exercise, targeted specifically for your needs will impose an appropriate stress upon your tissues. This in turn, means that your tissues become stronger. For e.g. cartilage, can become thicker and become better at shock absorption, our bones become stronger and more dense, tendons and ligaments become better at being able to withstand greater forces.
+ Pain Relief
Pain is one of the main reasons for clients to see their Consultant, GP or physiotherapist. As well as being in pain, it often has significant effects on you sleep, work and hobbies. When is pain it is completely normal to seek out any treatment or medication in order to be able to have some reprieve from the pain.
At the JSSC, we will work with you to provide you with a detailed plan. This plan will often involve your GP or Consultant. This plan will detail helpful do’s and donts, advice on the amount of rest or exercise, specific exercises to help you restore movement, strengthen or improve your sense of balance. Remember, Exercise IS Medicine!
Occasionally we will use tape to temporarily off load tissues. This can have positive effects on pain relief, resolution of swelling, supporting healing tissue and aiding early return to activity and sport.
Sometimes we will prescribe orthotics in order to improve the foot biomechanics. Orthotics come in varying forms. They can be a temporary treatment option as well as a long term one. Orthotics can be a valuable tool but they are one of many different treatment options and should be used alongside rehab and not as a treatment entity.
The Jersey Sports & Spinal Clinic is open to all, not just those with private medical insurance.
From 01 May 2015 our Self Funding fees are as follows:
£110 for an initial assessment of up to 1 hour. £60 for each 30 minute follow up session. We politely request that your account be settled at the time of your treatment. Any fees not settled at the time of your treatment will incur a £5 administration fee.
PRIVATE INSURANCE POLICY HOLDERS
The Jersey Sports & Spinal Clinic has separate contractual arrangements (including funding agreements and duration of appointments) in place with all major insurance companies.
The Jersey Sports & Spinal Clinic and its therapists are registered with all major insurance providers. Your policy exists between you and your insurance company. Should your insurance company require a written GP referral, please ensure that this is obtained and forwarded prior to treatment as, without it, you will be liable to pay all costs in relation to your treatment.
In most cases, or unless you tell us otherwise, your Insurance Company will be billed directly following your treatment. In order for us to do this, you mustprovide us with all relevant policy numbers and authorisation numbers at the time of your initial consultation. Therefore, it is your responsibility to ensure that your treatments are pre-authorised as treatment started prior to this may not be covered by your insurance company. In the event that you do not provide us with your insurance details, we politely request that you settle the fee in full at the end of your consultation. We will provide you with a receipt so that you may then recoup it directly from your insurer.
In the event that the private medical insurance ceases to fund your care, the self funding rate will then be applied.
The Jersey Sports & Spinal Clinic Ltd will not accept responsibility for shortfalls or excesses in your policy or any charges imposed by your insurance company as a result of you failing to attend booked appointments.
When telephoning Bupa for pre-authorisation, please quote our unique Bupa Provider number 80010129 and not the individual therapist treating you.
When telephoning AXA PPP for pre-authorisation, please quote our unique Group Practice number H86730 and not the individual therapist treating you.
Osteoarthritis(OA) is normal. It is our normal ageing process just like wrinkles and grey hair. Each and every one of us will have it to varying degrees over the age of 30. The combination of our ageing population and rising obesity rates are expected to drive up OA rates.
Many of us seek out treatment to alleviate the symptoms. Unfortunately, many of the popular treatments are simply ineffective.
One such treatment that was popular was Glucosamine. However, people take it year after year but there's no good evidence that it changes the course of OA. Other popular adjuncts included therapeutic ultrasound, shockwave and laser therapies, cold therapy. Again, none of these work.
A lack of high-quality evidence means that we cannot make recommendations for a range of other products, including shock-absorbing insoles, arch supports, electromagnetic or shortwave therapy, non-steroidal anti-inflammatory creams, collagen, avocado, soybean, turmeric and pine bark extract.
Other products given the “conditional” thumbs down - indicating uncertainty over harm versus benefit of a treatment due to low or very low-quality evidence - included footwear marketed to OA sufferers, bisphosphonates, anti-nerve growth factor and omega 3 fatty acids.
Many clients feel the need to undergo investigations. In many cases, this can be both unnecessary and costly. Investigations such as ultrasound, MRI and CT scans are not always needed to diagnose OA and can lead to harmful interventions.
In previous years there were trends to carry out arthroscopies for patients with OA knees. This has now been discouraged in the case of a non locked knee, especially if they were over 55 years old. A growing body of evidence suggests these surgeries are at best placebo and at worst put patients at risk of serious complications.
What Does work?
It is reassuringly simple; regular exercise and managing weight to relieve pain and improve function.
The science supports strategies such as muscle strengthening exercises including weights, resistance training, walking, Tai Chi, as well as stationary cycling and yoga.