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Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy

The physiotherapy outpatients department at HJE offers a comprehensive and evidenced based musculoskeletal and sports and exercise medicine service.


Our team is highly skilled in the assessment, treatment and management of injuries to all areas of the body relating to the musculoskeletal system. This includes problems involving; muscles, ligaments, tendons, nerves, bones and joints. Along side this we have a wealth of experience in treating sports injuries of all sporting endeavours.

We are driven to provide high quality care, which means giving the best treatment possible. To achieve this we implement evidenced based therapy, helping you to understand your condition as well as effectively treating or managing it with personalised plans to suit your individual situation. We also work closely with Consultants and the Sports Doctors to utilise a multidisciplinary approach to your care, enabling a holistic methodology to optimise your recovery as best as possible. This means that we are frequently involved in both pre and post-operative care following a range of surgical interventions as well.

We utilise manual therapy techniques such as soft tissue therapy and joint mobilisations; as well as exercise and rehabilitation methods to treat pain but also to empower you, the patient, to take control of your care. We aim to put you at the centre of decision making so you can play an active role in your recovery. We have excellent state of the art equipment such as our new Shockwave machine, and an outstanding gym facility to help us implement effective rehabilitation programmes for you.

What is acupuncture?

Evidence Based Western Medical Acupuncture is a form of treatment that involves inserting very thin needles through your skin at specific points on the body where you feel pain, away from the pain or a combination of both. Scientific research underpins the effectiveness of acupuncture when combined with physiotherapy in the treatment of various musculoskeletal conditions (NICE, AACP)

What happens when I see my physio for acupuncture?

When you first see your physio, he/she will take your full medical history and note your current health problems. Your physiotherapist will let you know whether you are an eligible candidate for this treatment and you will also be asked to complete a consent form. If you are considered eligible your physiotherapist will let you know how many sessions are considered appropriate.

How does it work?

Very thin needles are inserted through your skin at specific points on the body where you feel pain, away from the pain or a combination of both. Between 1 and 10 needles with different sizes can be used but this depends on your symptoms and condition. On your first session usually few needles are used to assess your tolerance. On the following sessions the numbers of needles and the points needled can vary and your physiotherapist may stimulate the needles by gently rolling them. This is to maximise the effectiveness of the treatment which can last from few minutes to max 25. After the needles are removed you may be asked to rest for a little before you leave.

Acupuncture needles are very thin and have roughly the same width of human hair, therefore having acupuncture does not feel like having an injection but more like a temporary pricking sensation. If you feel uncomfortable they can be immediately removed with no risk.

Is it safe?

Acupuncture is a widely accepted treatment provided by qualified physiotherapists both in the NHS and in private practice. Acupuncture is a very safe procedure carried out by qualified physiotherapists who have undergone recognised training.

All the needles used are sterile, individually packaged and disposed of after one use. Strict hygiene guidelines are followed.

Are there any contraindications/side effects?

There could be a small chance of minor side effects which are normally short-lived (bruising, fatigue or light headedness) If you are concerned speak to your physiotherapist who will be happy to discuss them. However, these should be normally explained during the initial assessment.

(AACP Acupuncture Association of Chartered Physiotherapists)

Home visit

Our physiotherapists are able to  attend home visits for patients that live within a mile radius of our hospital, with short term mobility impairments that limit their ability to attend clinic appointments. Mobility restrictions may occur after surgery, a fall or a recent injury or illness.

The aim of domiciliary physiotherapy is to implement treatment strategies that will reduce your pain and help you begin an exercise programme with the goal of restoring your mobility.

By helping you to be more comfortable and mobile we hope it will enable you to attend clinic appointments where we can utilise our specialist equipment to better assist your recovery.

Physiotherapy Department

Our Physiotherapy Department provides a comprehensive service for both inpatients and outpatients. Our team of chartered physiotherapists have a vast range of specialist skills between, providing expert treatment for each patient.

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Patient information

Our Hospital is renowned for providing exemplary levels of care across more than 90 services. From orthopaedics, to urology, ENT, as well as a private GP practice and our urgent care centre, Casualty First, our services are led by some of London’s leading Consultants. For more information, and to find a service suitable for your care, find out more about the services that we offer.

Make an enquiry

If you have any questions relating to treatment options or pricing information then get in touch with us by filling out one of our contact boxes or giving us a call on 020 7806 4010.

Our Appointments Team have a dedicated and caring approach to finding you the earliest appointment possible with the best specialist.

 If you are self-paying you don’t need a referral from your GP for a consultation. You can simply refer yourself* and book an appointment.

If you have medical insurance (e.g. Bupa, Axa PPP, Aviva), you will need to contact your insurer to get authorisation for any treatment and, in most cases, you will require a referral letter from your GP.

If you do not have a GP, then we have an in-house private GP practice that you can use. Alternatively we can suggest the most appropriate course of action for you to take, given your location and individual circumstance.

*Please note – for investigations such as X-rays and MRI’s a referral will be required. However, we may be able to arrange this for you through our on-site private GP.

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