Have you got joint or a muscle pain or had an injury? Ask a physio for help instead of a doctor.
As doctors struggle to cope with demand for appointments and the impact of their own staff having to self-isolate, local physiotherapists are stepping in to ease the pressure.
During these difficult times, it’s important that any patient who has a muscle or joint problem can seek the help of a physiotherapist – and not their GP or A&E.
This will mean NHS staff can focus on those who need them most and you don’t put yourself at risk of catching or spreading coronavirus by attending A&E departments or GP surgeries.
It’s particularly important, since many of us are doing more exercise than usual in order to make the most of our daily exercise sessions outdoors.
If you’re worried about an injury and need advice, Physiofit in Alderley Edge are offering a free telephone consultation service to help establish if physiotherapy is the right treatment for you.
If their experts have any concerns, they can still arrange for you to see your doctor.
These calls can be booked on the Physiofit website www.physiofit.co.uk/book or by phoning the normal clinic number 01625 590 444.
You can also drop us an email [email protected] if you prefer.
Physiofit have expanded their NHS self-referral access to enable all patients who are registered with an GP in Cheshire East to have physiotherapy via phone or video link through the NHS scheme.
You can self-refer without seeing your doctor by following this link: www.easterncheshireccg.nhs.uk/Your-Health/Physiotherapy.htm
Physiofit director Angela Jackson explained: “Musculoskeletal physiotherapists have extensive experience in assessing and treating patients with muscle and joint aches and pains, trapped nerves and other injuries.
“In addition, our vestibular physiotherapist can assess and treat people with a range of conditions that cause dizziness such as vertigo.
“You don’t have to suffer and wait until Covid-19 restrictions are over to get help.
“Ignoring some symptoms can be dangerous so let a physiotherapist help you to get a clinical diagnosis and the right treatment plan.”
She added: “We need your help to share this message with your friends and family to help us continue being able to support our doctors and the community.”