Whalley Physiotherapy

Blog archive: Feb 2017

  • Job Vacancies: MSK Physios: Days, Evenings & Weekends

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    Due to expansion, we are looking for experienced Full or Part Time Physios who are friendly, keen and professional! This is an exciting opportunity for enthusiastic Physiotherapists join our vibrant team and to work in a busy, welcoming, well-established Private Practice which is easily accessible from within the heart of the Ribble Valley, Preston, Bolton, Burnley, Chorley, Skipton and Blackburn.

    Opportunities for Days, Evenings and Weekend sessions are available. Whalley Physiotherapy has an excellent reputation; we absolutely pride ourselves on the quality of what we do for our patients!

    Applicants need to have at least 3 years post qualified specialising in MSK work, strong manual therapy skills, and the ability to work as a team. We are strong advocates of good, sound clinical reasoning, simple treatment and highly effective outcomes – we have all the facilities you need and a great team around you.

    These are both part time positions and full time, seeing mainly private clients with some insurance work. Our patients include those who self-refer, private healthcare clients, medico-legal as well as professional and amateur athletes.
    We offer a dynamic, modern and friendly working environment with support provided from experienced clinicians. CPD opportunities and in-house training will be provided. The clinic is spacious and has a gym for rehabilitation of the patients and classes.
    Essential;

    • CSP membership.
    • HCPC Registration.
    • Minimum 3 years post graduate experience.

    Interested candidates should send their CV and covering letter to rebecca@whalleyphysiotherapy.co.uk

  • PREPARATION VITAL TO REDUCE SKI INJURIES

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    RV86 Whalley Physio ski

    If you suffer a knee injury when skiing, there are remedies to ensure effective rehabilitation, advises physiotherapist Jane Connolly HPC CSP

    Injuries to the knee joint account for around one third of all skiing injuries.  One of the most common is the ACL, a short ligament in the middle of the knee which provides stability and limits rotational movements. It is easily damaged especially during a slow, backwards fall where there isn’t enough sudden force to spring the bindings open so pushing the back of the boot forwards into the calf or by trying to stop a fall by standing up putting all the weight on the outside ski and twisting the arms and trunk towards the mountain. The result is that the ligament is strained, partially torn, or fully ruptured, often in association with other structures within the knee-joint.

    A photo by Nathalie Gouzée. unsplash.com/photos/hSeq6sn2HeE

    At the time of injury you might hear a loud pop and develop intense pain in the knee which makes walking or weight-bearing very difficult. You may get swelling within a few hours because of bleeding within the joint, making it difficult to straighten the knee. In some instances, after physiotherapy treatment you can ski without an ACL. If you ski once a year, a rehabilitation programme
    including strength, proprioception and balance exercises and a knee brace may be an option. However if you’re more active and your knee ‘buckles’ giving way regularly and there is a lack of strength then this instability can lead to arthritic issues and more permanent pain.

    One option is reconstruction. It’s nearly always a day case using keyhole techniques, often grafting a small part of the hamstring to take the place of the ligament. Although the rehab period will be around six to nine months, the success rate of the ACL reconstruction is very high. If you do have an ACL reconstruction, working with your physiotherapist throughout rehabilitation is essential to ensure your knee is as strong as possible and thus less susceptible to re-injury.

    Preparation is essential to reduce risks. Skiing uses specific muscles and weak, tired muscles give less protection to the joints making them more injury prone. Ideally you should start a specific conditioning programme at least six weeks before you go involving aerobic training, such as walking or biking, so you can ski a full day.
    Strengthening and plyometric exercises help build power, strength, speed and balance in your core and legs which along with agility drills will minimise the risk of injury.

    At Whalley Physiotherapy we tailor and manage specific exercise programmes so you can make the most of your skiing holiday.