INVESTMENT in physiotherapy services for musculoskeletal conditions improves patient outcomes and reduces overall healthcare costs, a new report from the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) shows.
Musculoskeletal conditions are the leading cause of pain and disability in the UK, affecting more than one in four people. The evidence from the report Moving Forward: Physiotherapy for Musculoskeletal Health and Wellbeing highlights the importance of physiotherapy for treating these conditions.
This themed review brings together more than 30 physiotherapy related published studies funded by the NIHR and selected studied from other research organisations, which have made a difference to musculoskeletal care in conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis, low back pain and chronic knee joint pain.
Moving Forward is particularly aimed at physiotherapy staff involved in direct clinical practice but is also relevant to other clinicians in the musculoskeletal care team.
The findings show:
Investment in high quality rehabilitation adapted to individuals patient needs, lead to better outcomes, reduces further investigations and treatment, and reduces costs.
Physiotherapists offering advice on lower back pain reduced absence from work by an average of around five days.
Telephone assessment by physiotherapist meant people waited an average of seven days for contact with a physio, compared to a usual average waiting time of 34 days. Stretching and strengthening hand exercises improved function for people with rheumatoid arthritis.
There is overwhelming evidence that exercise and activity are effective and should be a core treatment in musculoskeletal pain. An NIHR review of over 60 trails- most for knee osteoarthritis-showed clear benefit of exercise.
A rehabilitation programme including targeted exercise reduced knee joint pain and healthcare costs
Published in TalkBack Autumn 2018 Available for download at Click Here
Want to know more?
- Call DDB Physiotherapy Clinic on 02392 552266 and how we can help reduce absenteeism for musculoskeletal conditions and facilitate a faster return to work.
What is Neurological Physiotherapy?
Damage to your central nervous system, including your brain and spinal cord, means that the messages from your brain are not reaching the affected parts of your body.
This can result in loss of movement and sensation, uncoordinated movement, weak and floppy muscles, spasm and tremor.
How does Neurological Physiotherapy Help?
Neurological Physiotherapy is able to kick-start the message pathways that your brain is struggling to use, to make new pathways through repetitive actions and exercises.
Many of our clients who undergo Neurological Physiotherapy can improve symptoms such as, difficulties with loss of balance, loss of hand and arm, or leg and foot function, walking, and pain.
What conditions can a Neurological Physiotherapy Treat
Our therapist are experts in the treatment of all neurological conditions including:
Spinal Cord Injuries
What is Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy
Musculoskeletal which is also called orthopaedic physiotherapy and is used to treat conditions such as sprains, back pain, arthritis, strains, bursitis, posture problems, sport and workplace injuries, plus reduced mobility.
Rehabilitation following surgery is also included within this category.
How Does Physiotherapy Work
Physiotherapists have been trained to use exercise therapy to strengthen muscles and improve function.
Physiotherapy exercises have been scientifically proven to be one of the most effective ways to solve or prevent pain and injury.
What is the Benefit of Physiotherapy?
Physiotherapy benefits include decreasing pain, improving joint mobility, increasing strength and coordination and improved cardio-respiratory function.
Everyone can benefit from physiotherapy whether living with a chronic illness, recovering from a work injury or suffering after that weekend hockey game.
DDB Physiotherapy Clinic – Refer a Friend – Terms and Conditions
Referring a friend is a great way to tell others about DDB Physiotherapy Clinic.
As with all offers, there are a few rules (or Terms and Conditions) so everyone plays fair. Here they are…
- Refer a friend – there is no limit. Referred friend must be completely new to DDB Physiotherapy Clinic. They can’t have been to or received treatment from DDB Physiotherapy Clinic.
- You cannot refer yourself – sorry!
Referred friend can…
- Can be treated by DDB Physiotherapy as a referred friend, if they have never been treated by DDB Physiotherapy Clinic or its associates.
Let’s talk discounts
When referring a friend, the referrer
- Earns a one-time £10 discount on their account, once the referred friend completes and pays for their first treatment.
- Get £10 off when they have completed their first treatment.
About the rewards…
- The discount or card has no official monetary value and can’t be exchanged, transferred, redeemed, replaced or refunded for cash. It is to be used as part payment for treatment at DDB Physiotherapy.
- Cannot be used in conjunction with a DDB Physiotherapy Clinic gift voucher.
- Credit to referrer account will last for 6 months without treatment.
- Thinking of sharing your discount, sorry they can’t be transferred from person to person.
- A referred friend cancels their first treatment session? DDB Physiotherapy Clinic will reclaim any credit given to the referring parties account.
- Rules or incentives change or end? It’s not often, but this can happen. If it does DDB Physiotherapy Clinic will reflect the changes here.
- A referred friend or referring party has questions? DDB Physiotherapy will reply and any decisions made will be at DDB Physiotherapy Clinic sole discretion.
The following is from an article published in Talkback Autumn 2017 by BackCare
When a business invests in its employees, it showcases that health and wellbeing are prioritised and that staff are valued. The outcome include increased employee satisfaction and participation – while reducing the likelihood of hardworking individuals seeking employment elsewhere.
Unfortunately, a vast number of companies remain oblivious to these needs.
Steve Bays, director at Century Office, said “in the UK today, we have a very mixed group of employers. Some will buy any type of office chair, as long as it has “office chair” written in the description. Some will buy cheap chairs and throw them away when broken; some see furniture as a non-profit-making necessity; others recognise the benefits of good furniture over workers’ performance and staff retention.”
Early prevention is key, as possible health conditions can easily be avoided with the right chair. Additionally, it is important that employers are able to recognise signs of employee discomfort – and, ideally, be the first to face the issue, before the workers need time off due to health-related issues.
Equally, it is essential for the employees to alert those in charge of potentially painful and hazardous seating.
NOT ONE person is built the same. You will likely have staff of all shapes and sizes, and the chair you buy ultimately needs to flexible and versatile and fit them all. So go for seating that you can adjust to guarantee a more comfortable workspace for everyone. This includes:
- Height: Being able to increase and decrease your seating’s height allows each person to have their feet flat on the floor and thighs at a 90-degree angle. If necessary, use a footstool to achieve this. Adjustment of the height should take forearms into consideration: make sure they are level with the desk and there’s enough space for hands and wrists to be fully supported. Another factor is the height in relation to the VDU screen; eyes should be level with the top of the screen and the distance needs to be about 700mm.
- Width and depth; It is important to be able to change the seat depth so all can sit comfortably while leaving 50mm between the seat edge and the inside leg.
- Seat: An adjustable seat is necessary. Make sure it is slightly tilted forward to achieve even pressure on the underside of the leg and buttocks.
- Support: Special focus should be on the lower back. This area needs to be fully supported or you can begin to slouch, which in turn eliminates the natural curve of your back.
- Flexibility: The office chair needs to encourage movement in all directions without having to stand up abruptly and subject your back to unnecessary strain and harm. The swivel of the chair is, in this case, vital for well-functioning office seating.
Here is a link to a publication from the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy, for those sat at their desk all day and some handy exercises. Exercise Leaflet
If you should need any assistance please contact me at DDB Physiotherapy Clinic.
Early assessments can identify potential problems and help improve quality of life
ADULTS with the early stages of Parkinson’s can benefit from a referral to physiotherapists for an assessment, education and advice according to the updated guidelines from the the National Institute of Health and Care Excellence (NICE). Nice Guidance 71
The document, published in July, update a 2006 version and says referral should be made to physiotherapists with experience in Parkinson’s.
Crucially, physiotherapist should provide information about exercise when offering advice to people in the early stages of this condition.
DDB Physiotherapy Clinic has highly experienced physiotherapist that can offer guidance, and exercise for early onset of Parkinson’s and have had some fantastic results using PD Warrior
PD Warrior is an exercise based treatment designed to help slow down Parkinson’s.
PD Warrior is good for you, will motivate you and give you hope.
Your Body Your Health Our Help
Reference: CSP 2010: How Healthy is the UK workforce? Sickness Costs
Workplace physiotherapy solutions can provide services to a wide selection of industries, including commercial, industrial, retail and call centres environments.
Did you know that Muscular Skeletal Disorders (MSD) accounts for nearly a third of the total time taken off sick from work, equating to 31 million work days and a cost of £7.4 billion a year , employers also lose as much as £15 billion a year through presenteeism, when staff are at work but not performing to their full potential because they are unwell.
Average wage £512 per week for a full time employee on a 38hr week, usually take 2 MSD days in a year and the cost to the employer is in the region of £200 per employee, per year.
Growing body of evidence, particularly from larger organisations, that are investing in health and wellbeing of staff has very real business benefits. For example, one employer experienced a return of £34 for every £1 they invested in terms of reduced absence rates and improved retention by providing in house and discounted physiotherapy for all staff
Early access to physiotherapy can be particularly be effective in preventing the condition becoming worse or turning into a serious long term condition. If left untreated, MSDs can become increasingly disabling with people experiencing problems such as walking due to low back pain or being unable to dress without assistance due to a stiff shoulder.
Work place physiotherapy can help to:
• Prevent people going off work
• Get people back to work on full duties
• Facilitate a managed return to work
• Deliver cost effective service to employers
Some low cost ideas include:
• Encouraging staff to get active in their breaks and lunchtimes.
• Displaying free leaflets and posters offering advice on health at work
• Encouraging staff to report physical problems early
• Allowing staff to take time off to visit GP or Physiotherapist
• Encouraging flexible working
• Modifying vending machines and cafeteria menus
• Company-Sponsored events
Sickness Cost http://www.csp.org.uk/publications/sickness-costs
Fitness Profits http://www.csp.org.uk/publications/fitness-profits
Fit for Work http://www.csp.org.uk/publications/fit-work
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