SPINAL and JOINT TREATMENT
Spinal and joint injuries, if correctly assessed and evaluated, will respond promptly to mobilisation, soft tissue massage and a programme of exercise prescription. At Ranelagh Physiotherapy Clinic, this is our ‘bread and butter’ work. All our staff have Post Graduate training in this area from such world-recognised Australian colleges as the University of Queensland, Curtin University in Perth and La Trobe University in Melbourne.
Abigail, for example, has trained in the Schroth method (Schroth Barcelona Institute) for the non-surgical treatment of spinal curvatures, such as scoliosis and kyphosis, seen particularly in children and adolescents. And if she gets to see these patients early enough, they can often avoid surgery. Abigail is one of only two trained Schroth physiotherapists in Ireland.
If you have suffered with neck or back pain such as whiplash, a slipped disc or sciatica, you will understand how debilitating the pain can be. We have the experience, skill and manual techniques to relieve your pain and restore your functional movements. A great majority of these spinal conditions go undiagnosed at the GP’s surgery – we will be able to give you a diagnosis and map out a time frame for your recovery.
With specific joint pain such as a frozen shoulder, a torn rotator cuff, a stiff hip, damaged cartilage in the knee or torn ankle ligaments, our experienced staff can guide you back to your chosen activity with speed, confidence and assurance.
Some conditions may require a further specialised referral for a scan and/or imaging which we will co-ordinate with your GP and arrange for you. As a result of the specialised test findings, you may need to see an orthopaedic surgeon, or even a neuro surgeon or rheumatologist. With the wealth of experience at Ranelagh Physiotherapy Clinic, we have established relationships with the top specialists in Ireland. We feel we know who are the very best to operate on you. We will work with these specialists, discussing your condition by letter, phone, text or e-mail to get you a prompt surgery date and get you on the road to recovery as early as possible.
After surgery, the surgeon will contact the clinic with a detailed report on the surgery performed and give an outline of recovery times. We always work closely with these consultants to ensure that a safe, swift and controlled recovery occurs and that you will have a speedy return to your pre-injury sporting and daily activities.
The clinic specialises in the treatment of complex injuries such as spinal surgery (neck and low back), shoulder, knee, foot and ankle. The physiotherapists will use a combined treatment plan which will evolve with the patient's participation. Early movement is so important to avoid muscle wastage and we put an emphasis on individual treatment and exercise programmes.
You can expect to be in our rehabilitation gym on your first visit, so dress appropriately. We suggest loose fitting clothes.