Physical Health
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Welcome to our NHS Musculoskeletal (MSK) Services

One in four of us will be affected by a musculoskeletal problem each and every year.

Vita Health Group gives you easy access to Musculoskeletal Services (MSK)  near you.

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Our Services

We all get aches and pains, so don’t let them bring your life to a halt. The good news is that most of these conditions can be treated by you, at home. Vita Health Group provides self-help resources here. We can help you to help yourself!

We deliver a range of NHS Physical (Musculoskeletal) Health services that involve helping people from age 16+ to the elderly, from all walks of life. We have a Team of Experts who are committed to improving the way you move and enhancing your quality of life, by giving you the most suitable treatment for an injury or condition.

As per the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy guidelines we continue to offer virtual first approach to all physiotherapy appointments. This includes telephone, video calls and online groups. We are taking a phased approach to opening our NHS clinics in line with government guidance on social distancing to ensure we keep you and our staff safe. We can now offer a limited number of face to face appointments based on individual clinical presentation and with clear consent from you regarding risk.

Benefits

  • Reduce waiting times and improved access for patients
  • Reduce health inequalities
  • Improve quality of service delivery
  • Reduce commercial pressures on GPs and Commissioners
  • Decrease time pressures on GPs dealing with musculoskeletal complaints
  • Increased patient and GP Satisfaction
  • Help develop better care pathways and deliver better clinical outcomes

Physiotherapy Services

What Is Physiotherapy?

Physiotherapy is a therapeutic health profession concerned with improving the way you move and enhancing your quality of life, by giving you the most suitable treatment for an injury or condition. If you suffer from back or neck pain, a sports injury, arthritis – in fact, any joint or muscle problem – Physiotherapy can help relieve your pain and get you moving again.

Who Can Be Treated With Physiotherapy?

Physiotherapists are involved in helping people of all ages, from young infants to the elderly, from all walks of life. They commonly treat people suffering back or neck pain, general aches and pains and sports injuries.

This means we are able to help with any muscle, bone, joint or ligament problem you may have. We also have physiotherapists, who treat issues such as continence and pregnancy-related pain.

We work with patients from all walks of life and use our unique holistic approach to treat patients physically, mentally, and emotionally. We celebrate life and have a simple mission, to make people better.

How Can Physiotherapy Benefit You?

We have an award-winning team of physiotherapists who are trained to assess the underlying causes of joint, muscle and nerve injuries so you can be confident of the treatment and advice that you receive.

Vita Health Group has been a leading private healthcare provider for over 30 years. Throughout this time we have developed unique insight and treatments governed by our holistic approach and stepped care model.

You will get effective treatments that use a wide range of techniques to:

  • Relieve your pain
  • Restore your movement
  •  Prevent any further problems

To do this, the treatment you receive may include education and advice about your condition and your health, joint mobilisation and manipulation, therapeutic exercise and stretches, and soft tissue massage.

Our team are experts in diagnosing and treating injuries and will provide you with easy to understand and helpful advice.

MCATS

MCATS stands for Musculoskeletal Clinical Assessment and Treatment Service. It is provided as part of an overall Musculoskeletal Pathway and effectively screens patients so they can be seen by the right clinician/service at the right time.

MCATS services are led by Extended Scope Physiotherapists (ESP’s) who are physiotherapists working at a high level of expertise and have extended their practice and skills in musculoskeletal medicine. ESP’s provide a high degree of skill in assessing patients and have advanced clinical reasoning skills.

Typically, a range of investigations can be ordered to help with the diagnosis and management of a patient. These investigations can include Blood tests, X-rays, MRI scans, Ultrasound scans and some other selected tests.

The clinicians are able to act on the findings of these tests and will invariably have close working relationships with Radiology and other Secondary Care colleagues.

Within the MCATS clinics, a range of peripheral joint injections can also be administered as a first-line treatment option. This provides an additional level of access to this modality of treatment without the need to make a referral into secondary care.

ESP’s have a broad knowledge of both the conservative and surgical options that may benefit a patient in the management of their condition. This enables them to have a wide-ranging discussion with the patient to help inform and advise them of the available options, most appropriate next step in their treatment, and likely outcomes.

Patients who are referred to Secondary Care are generally worked up so that the Consultants are better able to work through the options with the patient at the Initial Outpatients appointment.

Patients tend to have fewer follow-up appointments and significantly higher conversion rates to surgery if they have attended an MCATS service before being seen in Secondary Care.

Patients and GPs have demonstrated high levels of satisfaction with MCATS services across all variables measured.

Group Exercise Classes

What Is A Group Exercise Class?

Recovering from injury often requires a real commitment from patients. Group Exercise Classes are small rehabilitation groups that are specifically designed to deal with common injuries or conditions that patients experience.

Group Exercise Classes are a safe and effective way to help patients recover. Exercising in a group environment i.e with other people with the same or similar condition provides:

  • Exercises which are specific to a patient’s condition
  • Exercises set at the right intensity for an individual
  • A Physiotherapist on hand to field any questions or concerns
  • Encouragement and support from other patients in a similar situation
  • Education about specific conditions, managing symptoms and the benefits of exercising
  • The overall physical and psychological benefits of being more active

The exercises in a class are prescribed and performed for various reasons including strengthening muscles, improving the cardiovascular system and developing or maintaining physical skills like balance.

Our physiotherapists are experts in prescribing the right exercises to resolve various problems e.g low back pain, early OA etc.

What is involved?

  • 1 class per week over a 6 week period led by one of our physiotherapists
  • Over the 6 weeks, the exercise will gradually increase but we will help you pace this
  • Each class will last 1 hour but everyone tends to start at slightly different levels

Group Exercise Classes are delivered on a rolling program so patients can access them at any time. All we ask is for patients to be able to commit to a regular time every week to benefit from the classes.