Referral Guide

Making a referral to the Specialist Pain Physio Clinics is very straightforward.

Referrers include GPs, Consultants and other healthcare professionals (e.g./ physiotherapists, psychologists). You can make a referral by sending a letter to the clinic, faxing a letter or asking the patient to make contact directly.

If you have decided to come along for treatment yourself this is called ‘self-referral’. You do not need a letter from your GP or Consultant to self-refer to the clinic. You can call on 07932 689081 or email [email protected] to make a booking.

Who comes to the clinic and at what stage of their complaint?

The most common reasons for referral include:

  • Low back pain
  • Neck pain
  • Recurring & persisting sports injuries
  • Tendinopathy (Achilles tendon, shoulder tendon, Patella tendon, wrist tendon)
  • Tennis elbow & golfer’s elbow
  • Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS)
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Arthritis (Osteoarthritis, Rheumatoid arthritis)
  • Whiplash (WAD)
  • Chronic widespread pain (CWP)
  • Rheumatoid conditions
  • Hypermobility
  • Post-operative rehabilitation when pain is a limiting factor
  • Functional pain syndromes
  • Complex and less common conditions that are painful
  • Medically unexplained symptoms

When to refer

Early referrals

Biopsychosocial assessment to identify risk factors for poorer outcomes and prognosis such as fear avoidance, fear of movement, catastrophising, high levels of pain, negative beliefs (Yellow flags for low back pain). Identification of such factors means that they can be dealt with earlier in order to optimise potential and outcome.

Typically the consultation takes place within days of the injury or onset of symptoms with immediate treatment and advice given to promote healing, restoration of function, relief of symptoms and reduce the risk of chronicity.

Post-operative referrals

In the case that the post-operative period is complicated by pain, fear avoidance and other psychosocial factors we will work with patients using the biopsychosocial approach to rehabilitation. We use a range of enrichment techniques to optimise outcomes after surgery that are based on the latest neuroscience and the understanding of body-brain-mind links.

Persisting & recurring problems

A large proportion of people that come to the clinics suffer on-going pain, symptoms and repeated injury. The treatment and rehabilitation programmes are based on the current understanding of pain, physiotherapy and neuroscience therefore offer the very latest techniques for chronic pain and injury.

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