The NHS24 MSK app is available for free download online. It has been developed by Physiotherapists across Scotland, with information and videos on how to manage sprains, strains and joint problems.
In general, you should complete exercises where these are comfortable and stop any if they make your symptoms worse. Pain relief (e.g paracetamol, ibuprofen) heat and ice can also help.
Additional information about specific conditions can be found on www.nhsinform.co.uk
As a general rule, if you see no improvement in your symptoms after 3 weeks or your symptoms worsen then please contact the physiotherapist at the practice. Please note it may take several months for some symptoms to resolve completely.
Advanced Physiotherapy Practitioner
We are extremely fortunate to have an advanced physiotherapy practitioner (APP) working with us in the surgery. Her name is Alison Renfrew. Alison is a very experienced NHS Physiotherapist who is able to assess and treat a wide range of muscle and joint problems including back pain, join pain, joint swelling, tendonitis and minor injuries including sprains and “whiplash”. She is able to carry out injections and organise Xrays, ultrasounds and other tests and may refer patients to other specialists or for longer courses of Physiotherapy. Alison can arrange for prescriptions to be provided via one of the GPs without the patient having to make a separate GP appointment.
You can book a telephone appointment with Alison by contacting reception.
Physiotherapy at Johnstone Health Centre
In addition, patients can self refer for an assessment or course of physiotherapy at Johnstone Health Centre. More information about this service can be found here and the referral form can be downloaded here. Please print off the referral form and once completed you can hand this into Johnstone Health Centre.