“Pain can be caused by dysfunction in other regions of the body and if these are not identified and treated then the pain simply will not get better by just focusing on shoulder exercises alone, and in some cases the pain can actually become worse. Patients become disheartened because they think that physio has failed but in fact they have not been given the right type of physio.
It takes years of skill to critically evaluate abnormal movement patterns and mal-coordination of the musculoskeletal system. It takes even more skill to understand how to treat them.
Nell Mead is exactly that sort of physio.
She cares deeply about her patients and is extremely thorough in her assessment. She develops very detailed and individual treatment protocols. She goes to great lengths to keep me informed of the progress of our patients and this shared collaborative approach has proven to be very reassuring and effective and has produced some excellent results. Nell often succeeds where previous non-surgical treatments have failed, but she also knows when the time is right for surgery, and she is with her patients through every step of the journey from initial consultation to final post-operative discharge.
I have no trouble at all in recommending Nell and I know that my patients are safe in her hands.”
Ms Susan Alexander, Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon, Fortius Clinic
Building relationships with other healthcare professionals that you can trust to take care of your patients is a never-ending process. In this video, I talk through how to build and influence the relationship between surgeon and therapist, and explain how I decide where to refer my patients. Click through the image to play:
I would love to help you to get your patients better, so if they have long-term or complex problems, please do send them my way – I have a lot of tools in my “clinical toolbox” and love a challenge.
If you refer a patient to me, my team will be in touch to ask for any information you can give me (such as clinic letters and MRI reports) – or if you prefer to be proactive, please send anything you have to email@example.com where my team will ensure I receive everything in good time to be able to prepare.
If you are happy to discuss the case in person or over the phone, please just let my team know and we will make this happen.
I also love to get to know the other members of my patients’ teams, so if we do not already know each other when you refer a patient to me, I will probably want to get in touch and ideally visit you in clinic or in theatre, and/or meet up for a coffee. Alternatively, you are very welcome to visit me, with or without our mutual patient! I believe that the better we know and trust each other, the more effectively we can help our patients.
The Prime Minister’s announcement on 1 Nov was clear that medical services should continue, and that people who need medical appointments should continue to attend them. Therefore the clinic will remain open, with everything wipe-clean and COVID-safe.
However, the current government advice is that I have to see patients online before I can see you in clinic, and that I should only see you face to face (or mask to mask!) if we both agree that the benefits of hands-on treatment outweigh the risks of coronavirus transmission. If hands-on treatment is not the most appropriate option for you, then I will continue to offer online treatment for the foreseeable future.
So please call my team on 0207 175 0150 and book your physio appointment as usual – or to read more about the COVID-safe measures we’re taking, please click the button to continue reading.