Physiotherapy can help with a wide range of injuries and conditions including back and neck pain, repetitive strain injuries, joint pain and arthritis, muscle injuries, post surgery rehabilitation, and sports injuries. There are also physiotherapists that specialise in Women’s Health, acupuncture and pilates.
Your first visit will involve an assessment of your condition so that a treatment programme can be specifically developed for you. We offer a wide range of therapies that are often used in combination in a treatment programme.
All BMI physiotherapists are registered with the Chartered Society of Physiotherapists and work closely as part of our integrated multi-disciplinary teams within our hospitals so that if necessary, you can benefit from fast referrals and access to the latest imaging technologies to help accurately diagnose and aid treatment pathway decisions.
Meet our team of physiotherapists.
At The Three Shires Hospital we offer the following services:
- Acupuncture physiotherapy - can be used on its own or in combination with physiotherapy to help treat a range of musculoskeletal conditions.
- Bracing - you may benefit from bracing if you have been suffering with painful joints, stability issues or have ongoing pain. Braces can also help with rehabilitation and returning to sport.
- Chronic pain management - if you have had persistent or long-standing pain that has failed to respond to previous treatments, then it would be helpful to consult a physiotherapist. This type of physiotherapy has been shown to assist patients with coping strategies that can help improve quality of life.
- Gait analysis - is the assessment of the lower limb biomechanics, e.g. how you stand, walk or run, to help identify problems in your legs, hips or even your back. It can help prevent painful conditions developing or recurring.
- Hand therapy - provides assessment and holistic rehabilitation for patients with a hand or upper limb injury or condition. The treatment is tailored to your needs and focuses on helping you get back to the day-to-day activities that you enjoy. Kathryn Howard has been working as a Clinical Specialist Hand Therapist at BMI Three Shires hospital since 2010. Read more about her below.
- Pelvic health rehabilitation - pelvic health physiotherapists are specially trained to assess and treat a range of conditions that can cause pelvic problems, such as incontinence of the bladder or bowel, or pelvic pain.
- Physiotherapy for cancer treatments – we offer individual assessments and treatment for a wide range of musculoskeletal problems that can occur as a result of your cancer treatment, such as shoulder pain and stiffness after breast surgery, or lower back pain as a result of being less active.
- Physiotherapy for sports injuries - the diagnosis and treatment of muscle, joint and nerve problems caused by practicing a sport or exercising, including muscle imbalances, joint pain and post-fracture rehabilitation. The aim is to get you back to sport as soon as possible.
- Rehabilitation service - aims to improve function after surgery or injuries including fractures, accidents, chronic spinal conditions, strokes, multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s disease, cranial surgery and cardiac surgery.
- Kathryn Howard - Clinical Specialist Hand Therapist
Kathryn qualified with a BSc (Hons) in Occupational Therapy in 2004 and has been working as a specialist Hand Therapist since graduating. Kathryn is a member of BAHT (British Association of Hand Therapy) and has completed various post grad courses involved with BAHT including the following.
- BAHT level 1 Introduction to Hand Therapy
- BAHT level 1 Introduction to Hand Therapy
- BAHT level 2 Splinting the hand and wrist (thermoplastic, dynamic & neoprene splinting)
- BAHT level 2 The Wrist
- BAHT level 2 Management of Fractures
- BAHT level 2 Peripheral Nerve Injuries of the Upper limb
- BAHT level 2 Radiographic Imaging of the Hand
- BAHT level 2 Management of the Thumb
- Certificate in Premium Pressure Therapy
- Certificate in Therapeutic Ultrasound
Kathryn Howard has been working as a Clinical Specialist Hand Therapist at BMI Three Shires hospital since 2010.
Kathryn started her career as a Hand Therapist at Milton Keynes NHS Hospital and then moved to Northampton General NHS Hospital where she then worked as a Senior Hand Therapist and department lead for nearly 10 years. During this time, she gained experience in adult and paediatric complex trauma, orthopaedics, plastics and rheumatology.
Kathryn’s previous role as Hand Therapy Team Leader enabled her to gain experience working at management level to expand and develop the NHS Hand Therapy service in Northamptonshire.
Kathryn left the NHS to focus on her private practice at BMI The Three Shires Hospital in 2017. As part of her role within BMI Kathryn is working with the Bedford Blues RFC 1st team, the Northamptonshire County Cricket Team and is regularly involved in local GP and AHP teaching events.
With the combined experience of NHS and BMI healthcare Kathryn has gained a high level of expertise in the management of complex upper limb conditions. She carries out specialised assessment and treatment techniques for a wide range of hand injuries, symptoms and conditions both pre and post-surgery.
She can assess and identify problems affecting the upper limb (hand, wrist & elbow) and provide advice on exercise, strengthening, sensory re-education, pain, scar & swelling management.
Our physiotherapy department has two private treatment rooms and includes a gym.
All BMI physiotherapists work closely as part of our integrated multi-disciplinary teams within our hospitals so that, if necessary, you can benefit from fast referrals and access to the latest imaging technologies to help accurately diagnose and aid treatment pathway decisions. We provide access to diagnostic imaging services which may include ultrasound, x-ray, MRI and CT scans.
The purpose-built physio-gyms at our hospitals let our physiotherapists work with you to provide expert advice and develop an exercise programme which meets your specific needs. Exercise forms an important part of physiotherapy. The aim is to increase mobility, muscle strength, and general fitness, build core stability, and reduce symptoms.
Services include personal training, customised rehabilitation.
Our gym includes:
- Free weights
- Arc trainer
- IC8 bike- professional cycle
- Recumbent cycle
- Leg press
If we cannot help you with physiotherapy, we can quickly refer you to our Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeons who can deal with keyhole joint surgery, repair of ligament injuries, treatment of fractures and repair of tendon and nerve injuries.
Physiotherapy may be covered by your medical insurance. You will need to check your cover with your insurer first. Alternatively, you can pay for your treatment by cash, debit or credit card.
COVID-19 Remote Consultations Update - 7/6/20
Our physiotherapy services remain open for business, and we continue to accept new referrals - you do not need to have seen your GP or a Consultant to refer yourself for Physiotherapy.
However, the safety of patients and our staff is of paramount importance to us, so we continue to operate a ‘Virtual first’ approach, as recommended by the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy (CSP).
For full details on how BMI is keeping its Physiotherapy patients safe
Call us on 0800 404 6660 to arrange your appointment