During your first appointment at the BMI The Priory
Hospital, your consultant will ask you questions about your medical history and
carry out a thorough physical examination. You will then usually need some form
diagnostic tests, either an X-ray, an MRI, or an ultrasound scan. In some cases
your doctor may arrange for you to have an electromyography (EMG) nerve
conduction test– or a combination of these.
You can have all these tests carried out at the BMI The
Priory Hospital in our state-of-the-art imaging centre. Your consultant will
explain what will happen during the tests and whether there’s anything you need
to do to prepare for them. Once your tests are completed you’ll be booked in to
see your consultant at their next available clinic.
At this appointment your specialist will usually recommend non-surgical
treatment e.g. injections or physiotherapy as the best way to deal with your condition.
Physiotherapy is often offered as a first course of treatment – then, if no
significant improvement is seen, surgery may become an option.
Our highly qualified BMI The Priory physiotherapists work
closely with our consultants so that patients receive an optimum, tailored,
rehabilitation plan. The new physiotherapy unit is equipped with state-of-the-art
facilities for the exclusive use of our patients so you will experience the
highest quality of treatment - whether that’s to improve a condition or for
If your condition is acute you will be booked in for surgery
right away and you’ll receive full information about the risks of any
procedures, as well as whether you’ll require any hospital stay.
Your consultant is well aware you’ll be keen to get back to
work or return to the sporting activities you enjoy, so your recuperation
period will also be discussed. Depending on the complexity of your surgery this
could range from a few weeks to a few months.