Therapies

Our therapy clinics see patients who need treatment or advice about managing their condition.

You may be offered an appointment with one of our therapists directly from your GP referral, or you may be transferred to us after being treated by one of our other services – orthopaedic surgery, rheumatology or pain.

You may see one or a number of different  types of therapist – such as a physiotherapist, podiatrist (foot specialist) or hand therapist – depending on your needs.

What happens at the clinic?

Your therapist will examine you so they can decide the best treatment. They may also arrange for you to have investigations such as x-rays, MRI scans, ultrasound scans and blood tests to help them with their diagnosis.

Preparing for your appointment

Clothing

Please wear appropriate clothing to help us assess your problem more easily. For example, we may ask you to take off some of your clothes so we can see the affected part/s of your body. You may wish to bring shorts or a vest top that you can change into, as appropriate.

Footwear

If you are seeing a podiatrist, they may provide you with an orthotic (shoe insert) as part of your treatment.

Please wear shoes that are suitable for orthotics to your appointment. Trainers are ideal. Heeled shoes or sandals are not suitable.

They need to have:

  • a good supportive sole
  • laces, buckles or Velcro so you can do them up.

What we treat

Common problems that we treat include:

  • conditions such as arthritis, disc problems, headaches, trapped nerves, tendonitis, frozen shoulder, carpal tunnel syndrome, sciatica, bursitis, capsulitis, spondylosis and spondylitis
  • sports injuries, whiplash, sprains, tennis/golfer’s elbow, joint dislocation, and ligament, cartilage and wear and tear problems

We also provide rehabilitation treatment after joint replacement or other orthopaedic surgery.

Our Self-help section gives you more information about the range of problems we care for and what you can do to manage your condition.

Treatments we offer

Many of our treatments involve manual therapies such as manipulation and soft tissue techniques. Other treatments include:

  • posture advice
  • electrotherapy
  • acupuncture
  • hand therapy
  • podiatry
  • hydrotherapy
  • individual exercise sessions
  • prescribed exercises
  • reconditioning exercise classes
  • exercise classes with advice sessions, including the King’s MSK ESCAPE programme (pdf) for knee osteoarthritis.

We also advise you about things you can do yourself, such as exercises to help ease or improve your condition.

Where can I have my treatment?

We treat patients at Queen Mary’s Hospital, Sidcup, Erith and District Hospital and Lakeside Medical Practice in Thamesmead. You are usually offered an appointment at your nearest clinic.

What happens next?

If you do not feel there has been any improvement in your problem or it gets worse, we may transfer you to a specialist physiotherapist or an orthopaedics, pain or rheumatologist specialist for further help.