Somerset Orthopaedic and Sports Medicine Clinic

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What is Physiotherapy?

  • Physiotherapy is a health care profession concerned with functional movement and maximising a patients potential, restoring a patient to their full, if not as near to their pre-injury state a possible.
    At Cowan House we diagnose, manage, and treat disorders and injuries of the musculoskeletal system (muscle and bones) including rehabilitation after orthopaedic surgery
    Physiotherapists use manual therapy (hands on treatment) and exercise to promote, maintain and restore the patient as a whole, both physically and psychologically, taking into account variations in their health status.
    The aim of physiotherapy is to identify and make the most of movement ability by health promotion, preventive advice, treatment and rehabilitation, which would result in maximising quality of life and movement potential. Physiotherapists work with to prevent the loss of mobility before it occurs by developing fitness and wellness-oriented programs, providing services focused on development, maintenance and restoration of maximum movement and functional ability throughout a patients lifespan. This includes providing services in circumstances where movement and function are threatened by aging, injury, disease or environmental factors. Functional movement is central to what it means to be healthy.

  • What happens when I see a physiotherapist?


    You'll have an initial 1 hour appointment. During this time we will go through a detailed history of you problem which will enable us to perform an effective physical examination leading to an accurate diagnosis.
    The physical examination will include an assessment of your joint range of motion, muscle power and functional testing including special test to aid differential diagnosis allowing us to rule out all other possible causes to your symptoms.
    A treatment plan will then be formulated along with a home management program to initiate your recovery.

    How long will my treatment session last?


    Treatment sessions will last between 20 & 30 minutes. Within this time various physiotherapy techniques will be employed to maximise your recovery.Your home management program will act as a maintenance program and also aid to maximise your reponse to treatment.

What kind of conditions can you treat?

We can effectively treat a range of conditions including

Chronic low back pain, Neck pain and whiplash, disc problems,shoulder, elbow, wrist and hand pain, osteoarthritis as well as lower limb conditions such as hip, knee, ankle and foot pain. We can also treat acute and chronic sports injuries such as tendonitis (including tennis & golfers elbow), sprains and strains and fracture rehabilitation.

What procedures can you do?

Specific muscle strengthening and stretching, Balance retraining, Muscle memory retraining (neuromuscular control), Muscle imbalance correction etc, Soft tissue mobilisation, Deep transverse friction massage. We also provide:

  • -Joint mobilisation

  • -Spinal manipulation

  • -Deep tissue massage

  • -Specific muscle stretching

  • -Ultra sound therapy

  • -Strapping

  • Other services we provide


    Injury prevention screening and advice,

  • Pre-Season Screening & Fitness Testing,

  • Sports Specific Conditioning¬† & Weight Loss Programmes