The QVH musculoskeletal (MSK) outpatient team consists of nine experienced chartered physiotherapists who specialise in the detailed assessment and management of musculoskeletal problems, including:
- Spinal problems
- Upper and lower limb problems
- Trauma and elective surgery
- Sports injuries
- Cervical headaches
- Rheumatological conditions
We also offer a pelvic health service which specialises in continence problems, as well as therapy for facial palsy with therapists who work alongside a multidisciplinary team of surgeons, and psychological therapists to provide comprehensive assessment and treatment.
Initial sessions include an assessment, clinical diagnosis and treatment plan. Treatment plans are based on comprehensive ongoing assessment and may include one or more of the following: manual therapy; exercise therapy; electrotherapy; taping; clinical Pilates; comprehensive education as well as adjuncts to treatment such as acupuncture. In addition to one-to-one treatment sessions, we run a lower limb class, an arthritis class for hips and knees, and a shoulder rehabilitation class.
How to access our services?
GP and consultant referrals
Following a consultation with your GP or consultant, a referral will be made to our service.
If you are over 18 and you are registered at the following GP practises: Crawley Down, Judges Close, Moatfield, Ship Street or Pound Hill surgery then you are eligible to self-refer to physiotherapy. The self referral form can be found here.
Self-referrals are appropriate for a wide range of conditions for example, if you have joint pain, neck pain, back pain or following an injury or strain. However, if you have a neurological condition e.g. multiple sclerosis or a stroke then unfortunately this is not the right service for you.
Self-referral is also not appropriate if you have any of the following symptoms:
- Pain or pins and needles in both arms or legs
- Unexplained bladder or bowel dysfunction
- Problems walking such as being unsteady on your feet
- Altered sensation such as numbness or pins and needles around your genitals or back passage
- Fever or night sweats
- Night pain which persists despite moving position
- On current treatment for cancer
Self-referral is also not appropriate if you have had pain for under 6 weeks. Please use this link for advice on how to manage new aches and pains.
If you are interested in accessing our pelvic health service via self-referral please use this link. Please be aware for pelvic health services it IS appropriate to self-refer if you have had pain or problems for less than 6 weeks.
What will happen next?
A physiotherapist will look at your form. We will then contact you with an appointment based on the information you have supplied. Depending on the nature of your condition you may be placed on a waiting list for physiotherapy. If you have any concerns you should make an appointment with your GP.
How to contact us: We are open for appointments from 8am-4pm Monday to Friday. Our reception is staffed between 8am-5pm for telephone queries on 01342 414004.
What do our patients say?
“Lovely physio, very helpful. Gave me new exercises to suit my individual needs. Listened to problems and gave suggestions to help move on.”
“The staff are lovely and I have found that it is a bit like a partnership and you are very much made to feel it’s about what works for you.”
“Seen promptly, did not feel rushed. Physio knowledgeable and friendly.”
Patients registered at either Crawley Down Health Centre, Judges Close Surgery, Moatfield Surgery, Ship Street Surgery, or Pound Hill Surgery can access musculoskeletal (MSK) physiotherapy without visiting their GP first. It can be beneficial if you are suffering from low back pain, neck pain, recent injuries such as strains and sprains, or joint and muscular pain.