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What we do

Physiotherapy senior man doing exercise with physio
What is physiotherapy? 

Physiotherapists help people affected by injury, illness or disability through movement and exercise, manual therapy, education and advice. (Chartered Society of Physiotherapists, 2013).

We receive a referral to assess your problem from consultants, surgeons, GPs and other healthcare professionals. Please note – the physiotherapy outpatient department predominantly treats upper limb and spinal problems, whereas lower limb problems tend to be seen in group rehabilitation. 

Some of the problems we see include:

  • Back and neck pain 
  • Fractures 
  • Sports injuries
  • Degenerative problems such as arthritis 
  • Rheumatological conditions including fibromyalgia 


Your physiotherapist will first complete an assessment, which involves asking questions about your problem, health and social situation, followed by a physical examination of the area. Your physiotherapist will discuss their findings with you and together make a plan for the management of your problem. 

Dependent upon assessment findings and the clinical judgement of your physiotherapist, treatment may include:

  • education and advice
  • graded exercise 
  • tai chi 
  • gym ball class
  • manual therapy
  • hydrotherapy (at the Royal Derby Hospital)
  • Back Skills Training course         
  • CPM (Continuous Passive Movement) machine for some elbow conditions 
  • Provision of walking aids 


We work closely with occupational therapists (in group rehab) to work towards functional goals such as returning to work or improving independence with activities of daily living. We can also refer to other healthcare professionals or departments where appropriate.