The Musculoskeletal team is part of the Physiotherapy Department.
Our Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy team provides treatment to adults over the age of 18 years. We also provide some specialist services for children.
The service is led by Specialist Physiotherapists; this means we can provide you with the most effective treatment for your problem.
We work in partnership with you and other health care professionals on treatment goals that are centred on your needs whether you are a patient in hospital or attending an outpatient appointment.
We will help you to understand your symptoms, help you to use your movement in the best way possible and help you to self-manage your condition.
Conditions include: Arthritis – OA/RA, back and neck pain, complex limb correction surgery, fractures, joint pain, post-operative rehabilitation, soft tissue injury, facial palsy. We also host the Ankylosing Spondylitis group held in our Orthopaedic Gym every Thursday evening.
We help our patients to improve flexibility, strength, balance and mobility in order to obtain the best possible outcome, regain independence, reduce pain and maximize their quality of life.
- Balance work
- Exercises to strengthen and condition
- Gait re-education
- Group exercise
- Joint manipulation
- Joint mobilisation
- Management of respiratory conditions
- Management of pain
- Rehabilitation towards your full potential
- Self- help groups including the Ankylosing Spondylitis group.
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The office is open:
- Monday to Thursday – 7.30 am to 7 pm
- Friday – 7.30 am to 6 pm
- Saturday – 8 am to 1 pm
Physiotherapy Reception: General queries: 0191 5699028
GP enquiries: 0191 5410077
Core Hours: Monday – Friday:08.00 – 16.30
Divisional General Manager: Jackie Butterworth
Directorate Manager: Mandy Bates
Clinical Director: Mary Spearman
Head of Service: Jill Graham
Physiotherapy Clinical Team Lead: Jane Parnell
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Musculoskeletal Inpatient Services:
- Orthopaedic Wards, Sunderland Royal Hospital
Our team will look after you when you are admitted to hospital for a planned Orthopaedic operation, such as joint replacement surgery and also for patients admitted following an acute traumatic injury.
We work in partnership within a multidisciplinary team to aid your recovery and to plan your follow on care needs.
Core Hours: Monday to Sunday 8:00 – 18:00
Musculoskeletal Outpatient Services:
- Outpatient Physiotherapy Department, Level B, Chester Wing at Entrance 8, Sunderland Royal Hospital
Our team will assess and treat patients in the out-patient department who require follow on care after an orthopaedic injury, operation or on discharge from the ward. We also treat patients referred from other specialties with a wide range of muscle, bone and joint problems.
Core Hours: Monday – Friday 08:00 – 17:00
Thursday 19:00 – 20:00 Ankylosing Spondylitis Self Help Group
Referral: you are able to access physiotherapy with a referral from ward staff, specialist nurses and Consultants. We also accept referrals from GPs for some specialist services.
Self-referral: you are able to self-refer to physiotherapy for the Ankylosing Spondylitis group held in the Orthopaedic Gym every Thursday evening at 19:00.
Your first appointment is an assessment by a qualified Physiotherapist, to enable this you may be asked to partly undress. We will discuss how your symptoms are affecting you and we will start to put together a treatment plan. This appointment may take 40 minutes; follow up appointments will be shorter than this.
Please contact the department if you have a preference to be treated by a male or a female Physiotherapist
Please bring with you:
- List of current medication.
- Medication and refreshments you need in case of an unforeseen delay.
- Some patients find it useful to write a few questions in advance of the appointment.
- Wear loose fitting, comfortable clothing and supportive footwear.
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