Physiotherapy treatment

COVID-19 Update - 10/8/20

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 have introduced new ways of working to manage social distancing and infection control.

To offer more flexibility in how patients access our services we have the option of Virtual Consultations (Telephone/Video) as well as our usual face to face appointments.

For full details on how BMI is keeping its Physiotherapy patients safe

Physiotherapy appointments from £40*

  • No GP referral required.
  • Appointments usually available within 48 hours.
  • Follow up appointments available from
  • Call us on 0800 404 6660 or make an enquiry

*This is a starting from price and varies by hospital

At BMI Healthcare, our chartered physiotherapists are qualified across a broad range of specialities, including pelvic floor health, sports injuries, acupuncture and injection therapy.

We also treat a range of musculoskeletal conditions which affect the muscles, joints, ligaments and nerves. These conditions include sciatica, neck pain and knee pain.

Whatever your symptoms, we work with you to understand your goals and help get you back on track as soon as possible with a personalised treatment programme.

What to expect from independent healthcare?

7 reasons to have physiotherapy with us:

  1. You don't need a referral from your GP. You can self-refer simply by calling us for an appointment
  2. You'll be seen quickly, with appointments usually available within 48 hours
  3. We may be more affordable thank you think, with prices starting from £40 for an assessment
  4. We help you get back to being you with our personalised treatment plans
  5. Our services offer non-surgical alternatives to help delay or avoid the need for surgery
  6. We have easy access to a wide range of hospital services under one roof. This means fast, hassle-free referrals to diagnostic imaging or consultants if you need it
  7. You'll have access to treatment technologies including cryotherapy, shockwave and AlterG anti-gravity treadmills at some of our hospitals

What happens during a physiotherapy assessment?

When you visit our physiotherapy department, you'll have an assessment with your physiotherapist to talk through the history of your condition or injury to help determine the cause of your problem. Your physiotherapist will then recommend the most appropriate treatment and will advise you on the expected number of sessions required to meet your goals.

Common conditions we treat include:

  • Low back pain/sciatica
  • Neck pain/trapped nerve
  • Hip pain
  • Knee pain
  • Ankle pain
  • Plantar fasciitis
  • Tennis elbow
  • Golfer's elbow
  • Runner's knee
  • Muscle strains/ligament sprains
  • Tendonitis
  • Bursitis

Tailor-made treatments

We understand that everyone is different – no two people are the same, even if they have the same condition. That's why our physiotherapists take the time to understand your goals and what you want to achieve. Your physiotherapist will create a tailor-made treatment plan to optimise your recovery.

Getting the most out of your sessions

We find the key to success isn't just about what happens in your physiotherapy sessions, but also what you do at home. As part of your bespoke treatment plan, your physiotherapist will advise you on home management for in-between sessions, and teach you how to try to prevent recurrence in the future. They can also refer you on for further diagnostics tests or to a consultant if needed.

Treatments we offer

Our physiotherapists can treat a range musculoskeletal conditions which affect the muscles, joints, ligaments and nerves. They will use a range of treatments including hands-on techniques and exercises in order to help you recover.

Below is a list of physiotherapy treatments we offer. You can contact us for more information, and to find out if a treatment is available at your local hospital.

  • Acupuncture physiotherapy – acupuncture can be used on its own or in combination with physiotherapy to help treat a range of musculoskeletal conditions.
  • AlterG anti-gravity treadmill - the AlterG® Anti-Gravity Treadmill® is used to reduce stress on injuries and joints in the lower body.
  • 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.
  • Cancer physiotherapy services – 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.
  • Cryotherapy - whole body cryotherapy (WBC) uses extremely low temperatures at -80°C. It may help to speed up recovery, increase blood circulation, and stimulate the immune and central nervous systems.
  • Gait analysis – 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 - 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.
  • Hydrotherapy - also known as aquatic therapy, is physiotherapy performed in a warm water pool. The effects of the water and warm temperature can help to reduce pain and provide support to aid your rehabilitation..
  • Injection therapy - the injection of steroid (corticosteroid) medications into painful joints or soft tissues to reduce pain and inflammation in that area.
  • Isokinetic testing - a strength test for the muscles around the knee. It's used to compare the strength of the affected knee against the unaffected leg.
  • Nerve conduction studies -Nerve conduction studies are used to test the electrical activity through the nerves in the arms and legs. This test is most commonly used to diagnosis carpal tunnel syndrome in the hand.
  • Occupational health - physiotherapists who work in occupational health help to treat work-related problems, as well as educating employers and staff on safe working practices to help avoid injury.
  • Occupational therapy -Occupational therapy can help you deal with everyday tasks that you may find difficult following illness, surgery or because of a disability. An occupational therapist will work with you to find solutions for everyday tasks, such as preparing food, doing housework, work activities, hobbies or social activities.
  • 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.
  • Pelvic health physiotherapy - 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.
  • Pilates - a form of exercise that may improve balance, strength, posture, flexibility and circulation. It focuses on strengthening the core abdominal and back muscles.
  • Respiratory physiotherapy- relates to the assessment and treatment of people with disorders of the respiratory system. Physiotherapy is focused on maximising physical function and helping you manage symptoms.
  • Rehabilitation services - 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.
  • Shockwave therapy - also known as Extracorporeal Shock Wave Therapy (ESWT), it is used to treat chronic tendon problems, shoulder pain, painful heel, tennis elbow or pain in the Achilles tendon.
  • Sports physiotherapy - 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.
  • Vestibular rehabilitation – the treatment consists of exercises designed to retrain the balance system and to re-programme your brain to tune out the dizzy sensations. The goal is to gradually reduce the severity of your symptoms, by becoming desensitised.

Want to look at other treatments? or find it on the A-Z list.