Our Physiotherapists work on the wards, assisting in post-operative rehabilitation for anyone with musculoskeletal conditions (anything that affects bones, muscles, tendons or ligaments). With a well-equipped purpose-built gym for our patients, our physiotherapy teams can create a personalised programme for patients, to strengthen muscle and maintain mobility during post-op recovery.
However, our physiotherapy department at Mount Alvernia offers so much more than this: the team works closely with consultants from almost every specialty.
One of our key features is the AlterG® Anti-Gravity Treadmill. This contains a capsule that patients zip themselves into on the treadmill, and air is pumped in to offload your bodyweight.
This is primarily used for rehabilitation of sports injuries, but also for weight management. It allows you to offload your body weight by up to 80%, reducing the impact on your joints, taking any unnecessary strain off the joint you are trying to rehabilitate. It is perfect for patients who wish to stay fit and mobile while they recover, particularly as you can re-introduce your bodyweight in gradual increments as you get stronger.
We have also seen excellent results in elderly patients too, who have found it really useful in building strength and restoring confidence, especially after a fall, included as part of our Falls rehabilitation class.
Sometimes, we know it can be a struggle for certain elderly patients to get to us, so we have occupational therapists available for home visits and assessments, should these be required.
For patients with lymphoedema, a specialist can measure you for a sleeve which you can wear to control the swelling. In conjunction with specialised massages as well as exercises to encourage drainage from the affected lymph nodes, this can effectively reduce your symptoms.
Hand therapy is offered along with splinting in order to protect and support your arm, wrist or hand during rehabilitation. Patients are either referred by our Hand surgeons, or self-referred if hand or wrist pain has been persistent.
Phototherapy is used in the management of various skin conditions, such as:
- Severe eczema
- Vitiligo (lost pigmentation of the skin)
This involves the use of a narrow band of specialist UV light, administered from a machine like an upright sunbed, targeting the affected areas. Our Dermatology consultants will usually refer you for this treatment if appropriate. By getting a condition like psoriasis under control, and then addressing other factors such as stress, patients can see excellent results.
Movement control classes are specifically targeted for those with back pain. If you have struggled with persistent back pain, or you are recovering from back surgery, this is an ideal class, aimed at giving patients the confidence to return to day-to-day activities such as work or favourite hobbies, despite symptoms of pain. Each one-hour class includes exercises designed to improve muscle strength, flexibility, mobility and fitness levels. Similar classes are also offered for those with neck and shoulder pain.
We have many facilities and classes geared towards helping athletes and sports people prepare for a return to their chosen sport, such as:
- Ski Ready
- Run Ready
- Sports Ready
We are also premiering a service for Long Covid rehabilitation, which will involve multi-disciplinary specialists in order to screen other complications, working collaboratively to help patients recover from this complex illness.
If you feel you would benefit from any of these therapies, get in touch with one of our receptionists to book an initial consultation at your convenience.