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Group rehab - Physio

All patients will have a full assessment by a qualified physiotherapist upon referral to Group Rehabilitation. Some patients will be seen by a student but with full supervision of a qualified physiotherapist. Following this, the patient will be given information on what might be causing the difficulties they are experiencing. This will help us put together an appropriate treatment plan that is tailored to the individual patient and their specific needs and goals. 

We offer a range of physiotherapy treatment pathways at Group Rehabilitation. Patients may attend individual one-to-one sessions or may be referred to Occupational therapy if functional or work issues are identified. Other, more condition specific sessions for knee ligament reconstructions and osteoarthritis of the knee are also available depending on the patient’s individual needs. All patients, whether treated individually or in a group setting, will have a named physiotherapist that is responsible for their care.

Individual one-to-one sessions

Our physiotherapy service will provide assessment and treatment of your musculo-skeletal condition. Although a large proportion of our treatment is exercise based, treatment may also include manual therapy, soft tissue massage, electrotherapy and education regarding long term self-management strategies.

Group sessions 

Those patients who have recently undergone surgery may be required to attend rehabilitation on a more regular basis. The programme of exercises may follow a set protocol, otherwise the programme will be specifically designed to meet the patients’ individual needs. Group attendance will be discussed during the initial assessment and all patients will receive a full induction. Visit Group Information for more details.

Knee ligament reconstruction rehab

A large proportion of our workload and an area we specialise in is the rehabilitation of patients who have recently had ligament reconstructions performed mainly by two orthopaedic surgeons; Mr Geutjens and Mr Straw who are predominately based at the Royal Derby hospital. Our rehabilitation protocols have been devised in conjunction with the orthopaedic surgeons to ensure the patients are receiving the best possible care after surgery.

  • If you are attending rehabilitation having recently undergone ligament reconstruction surgery then please follow the link for further guidance


The majority of our ankle referrals are from the orthopaedic consultants after ankle fractures or Achilles injuries. We normally see patients when they are just taken out of plaster or walker boot and our aim is to rehabilitate them from walking with crutches through to a return to work. Our ankle patients are able to access the gym between 9.30-11.00 Tuesday/Wednesday/Thursday and are treated by both physiotherapists and occupational therapists. Physiotherapy techniques may include an individual exercise programme, soft tissue massage, local joint mobilisations and electrotherapy. 

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The physiotherapy team proudly specialise in the rehabilitation of knee ligament reconstruction surgery. We work closely with orthopaedic consultants to ensure the protocols are regularly updated in line with a current evidence base. The aim is to initially protect the surgical graft site whilst maximising recovery and support the patient from day one through to a safe return to play. 

Initially the patient will complete individual exercises and their progress will be regularly reviewed. Once they reach the qualifying stage of the protocol, patients will be encouraged to join other patients in the exercise class which runs 3 times a week and directly after their individual gym session.

Having the gym facilities within the department creates a motivational environment that encourages a sense of community where common goals can be pursued.  The class is run by a physiotherapist or physiotherapy assistant, and begins to test stamina and strength in a supportive environment. Our infamous early leg class is a non-impact circuit class which aims to provide: 

  • Full body workout including core muscles and upper limb
  • Cardiovascular workout
  • Varied and challenging delivery of the class
  • Increase confidence to exercise in a safe environment
  • Social and fun element to exercise


Patients will progress at different rates depending largely on the nature of their surgery. Not all patients are appropriate for the class, and this is based on the judgement of the therapist.

If you feel that Group Rehabilitation would be your preferred service following reconstructive surgery, please speak to a member of your consultancy team.