Injury assessment and evaluation - Adult, Adolescents (13-17 years), Children (8-12 years)

A comprehensive and thorough joint assessment is a necessity so as to provide the correct diagnosis, and therefore initiate the right treatment protocol. Physiotherapists are highly skilled in the assessment of joints and all body movements. Children are not a mini version of adults. Differences occur within physiology, anatomy, cognitive, social and emotional attitudes. Some conditions are specific to children as they affect growth plates, for example, Severs, Osgood-schlatters, Sinding-Larsen-Johansson. Childrens bones can break in different ways and heal more quickly than an adults. A crucial part of a young persons assessment and rehabilitation is maximising the therapeutic relationship. They feel pressure from all directions, school, peers, sports and home. Maintaining a child's interest is key, as is consideration for the child's parents and siblings. Our physiotherapists try to involve the whole family in treatment and rehab sessions, where possible. Plus we try to arrange appointments outside of school hours to minimise educational disruption. Please note that we currently only treat orthopaedic and musculoskeletal conditions in young people.

Spinal and joint mobilisations and manipulations

All joints have a range of movement, but sometimes, either by repetitive use or trauma, these joints become stiff and feel ‘locked’. Mobilisations and manipulations aim to reproduce normal joint range and can help to decrease pain.

Functional Movement Analysis and Biomechanical Assessment

Injured joints or damaged soft tissue, either through trauma or overuse can cause pain and movement dysfunction. Physiotherapists are skilled practitioners in assessing joint range of movement and analysing poor movement patterns. This can aid improved performance in sports through to improving sitting positions for those who have desk or driving jobs.

Soft tissue treatments (muscles, ligaments and tendons) incl sports massage

Muscles move joints ( 2 bones meeting ). Tendons connect muscles to bones. Ligaments connect bones and offer some stability. An injury to one of these structures will therefore have an effect on the other two. Physiotherapists offer a range of treatment techniques to aid recovery to any damaged soft tissue structure.

Sports taping techniques (incl use of Kinesiology taping)

Taping techniques have the benefit of supporting joints on the sports field, and provide a sense of stability when the soft tissue around the joint is injured. Sports tapes are rigid and support joints. K tape is a newer form of taping and is often seen as brightly coloured strips on various athletes, rugby players and tennis players. It works by providing proprioceptive feedback to the skin and underlying fascia, and can also help to decrease pain and swelling depending on its skin application.

Posture and ergonomic advice

How we move and sit, and how we are built to move and sit, are not always the same. We adopt certain positions based on our environment and those of comfort. Sometimes, prolonged positions can cause unnecessary pain, muscle spasm and joint dysfunction. Using our extensive knowledge of anatomy and physiology, physiotherapists are experts at correcting these unwanted patterns of movement and providing advice for use in the workplace.

Exercise (Health) Referral Scheme

In conjunction with Leicestershire Partnership NHS Trust, this scheme is an alternative to traditional medicine. Your GP or Health Care professional can refer you to a local leisure centre or community centre. It has been proven that exercise will benefit your health and well being and depending on your symptoms this may be an effective way of reducing them. A qualified instructor will work with you and guide you through a specific exercise programme designed for you.

Sports rehabilitation programmes

Following injury, a sports specific rehab programme is vital in ensuring the player is confident in his body’s ability to continue to perform. With 20 years’ experience in sports physiotherapy, we are able to confidently assess and provide the correct exercise plan to meet the needs of the amateur sports person through to international competitor. These exercises can be provided for you to follow on your own, or we can work with you at your chosen venue or gym.

Home exercise programmes

Following joint replacement surgery, whiplash, pregnancy, trauma or overuse injury, osteoarthritis or even poor mobility due to age related problems, exercise therapy has been proven to help reduce pain, reduce swelling, improve joint condition and help with balance and normal everyday tasks. All programmes provided are based on individual needs, ability to fit them into your lifestyle and backed up by the latest research, proving effectiveness and up to date treatment efficacy.


Physiotherapy is a never ending puzzle. It's the challenge of this profession to constantly expand our knowledge and cultivate creativity for movement and exercise.​ Our physiotherapists maintain their medical and physical knowledge, by attending regular courses and training days, holding staff training and welcoming work experience students to come and watch and learn. We continually liaise with strength and conditioning coaches, therapists and team coaches about patients progress, ensuring the smooth transition back from injury into return to sport. Seminars and teaching Sarah has provided seminars for the British Taekwondo Council (BTC) and Taekwondo Association of Great Britain (TAGB), to help in the education of its Taekwondo instructors and coaches nationwide. Topics covered have included: Injury audit in Taekwondo Reasons to warm up and cool down Flexibility vs mobility Stretching do's and dont's Sarah has also visited a local school to talk to students about potential careers in physiotherapy.


Transcuataneous electro-neuromuscular stimulation. This is an electrotherapy treatment, with proven results. It is used in many different settings and helps offer relief of pain for conditions such as low back pain, knee pain, shoulder pain, pregnancy and some cancer pain.


Practiced at this clinic for the purpose of pain relief and to relieve deep tension in specific muscle groups.

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