Overview

Physiotherapy in Galway and surrounding areas

Physiotherapy helps to restore movement and function when someone is affected by illness, injury or disability. The treatment usually involves a combination of exercise, manual therapy, education and advice. The assessment and treatment is strongly based on research evidence.

Make sure that your physiotherapist is Chartered
In Ireland, the title “Physiotherapist” is not a legally protected title. Therefore anybody can call themselves a physiotherapist or physical therapist. All Chartered Physiotherapists have completed a university degree and many also hold a masters. Members of the Irish Society of Chartered Physiotherapists are bound by a professional code of conduct and their practice is regulated by this professional body. Check for the initials MISCP after the Physiotherapist’s name.

What do we treat?
At the Evidence-based Therapy Centre the physiotherapists specialise in treating pain and functional problems of the muscles, joints and nerves (musculoskeletal problems). Some of the conditions that we treat are:

• Low back pain including sciatica and referred pain
• Neck pain and whiplash disorders
• Shoulder and arm pain
• Hip and Knee pain
• Foot and ankle pain
• Sports injuries
• Chronic pain
• Elbow problems including tennis elbow
• Wrist and hand problems
• Work related pain including pain related to using keyboards
• Headaches
• Rehabilitation after surgery
• Osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis
• Pregnancy related musculoskeletal pain
• Tendon problems – tendinopathies

Not sure if we can help?
If you have a condition that you are not sure is treated by our physiotherapists, please phone us on the number above or contact us. One of our team would be delighted to have a chat to you over the phone or respond to your query via email if you prefer.

Assessment and diagnosis comes first!
To ensure a thorough assessment and accurate diagnosis, the first session is 45 minutes long. This gives time for you to ask lots of questions and to make sure that you understand:

• What is wrong with me?
• Why has this happened to me?
• How long will it take to get better?
• What can I do to help myself?
• What can Health Care Professionals do to help me?
• What is the relevant research evidence?

A treatment plan can then be discussed and agreed and usually we can start treatment straight away.

Treatment sessions and treatment approaches
The subsequent follow-up appointments are approximately 30 minutes long.

Musculoskeletal Physiotherapists use a wide variety of skills including manual techniques (joint/spinal mobilisation, soft tissue releases), therapeutic exercise, acupuncture, electrical muscle stimulation (TENS), Clinical Pilates, education and advice in order to relieve symptoms, restore function and prevent recurrence. To achieve the desired treatment goals you will often need to actively participate in the therapy and do some exercises at home and make changes to some of your activities.

Get in touch for more information about physiotherapy in Galway and surrounding areas

Please note, we are a therapeutic service and therefore do not provide medico-legal reports