Welcome to our Summer 2019 Newsletter
Summer is finally here and so far some of us have experienced the hottest day ever on record. We have seen sweltering temperatures as well as torrential downpours, some of which may be a sign of climate change. One thing we are certain will not change is the warm, friendly welcome and the excellent care you will receive when visiting The Physiotherapy and Rehabilitation clinic.
Whether you are having a staycation, vacation or a restful time at home, the team at the clinic wish you all ‘Happy Holidays’.
P.S. Don’t forget your sunscreen when out and about!
Work Experience Students Past and Present
We continue to welcome and offer work placements to students from several of our local schools. The experience gives the students a good insight into how a busy practice operates and also assists in their progression of career choices. We were delighted to receive an update from one of our students who completed his work experience placement at the clinic in 2018. Here’s what Mario had to say:
” I would like to take the opportunity to thank you for your time and taking me under your wing a little over a year ago. The knowledge that I gained from the 2 day placement at your clinic has stayed with me to this day and my experience at your clinic was something I was able to talk passionately about during the interview process to get into University! So here I am 1 and a half years later studying Physiotherapy at the University of Brighton! And I am loving it! I have learned so much in a year and it’s scary to think that I only have 2 years of University left, and what’s even scarier is that this time next year I will be on placement!”
Thank you to all our lovely patients who gave consent for our students to sit in during their consultations.
The OA hip and knee class was set up last year to help our patients who are either waiting for surgery, had surgery or are looking to avoid surgery. We know the value of exercising and many of the orthopaedic consultants we work with share the same view. Strengthening the key muscles around the hip and knee joints can help to delay or avoid surgery. But if surgery is necessary, the recovery post-operatively is much quicker, less pain control medication is needed and patients return to a good quality of life faster following a pre-habilitation programme. The changes to the muscles begin to occur in the first 6-8 weeks and after this time the muscles can develop if appropriately loaded.
This article in Arthritis Foundation talks about Pre-Hab; https://www.arthritis.org/living-with-arthritis/treatments/joint-surgery/preparing/prehab-surgery.php
Les Mead also shares his views of coming to the OA Class:
“I have been attending The Physiotherapy and Rehabilitation Clinic in Rickmansworth for many months. I have Osteoarthritis in both of my knees, the left one was very painful and I had a half knee replacement operation about 4 years ago. 6 months ago my right knee started to become extremely painful, it was just like the left one and I was convinced that I needed that knee replaced also. Following a consultation with an orthopaedic surgeon, I was advised to start an exercise regime, using Physio App. In addition to this I also started a Hip and Knee Osteoarthritis exercise course at The Physiotherapy and Rehabilitation Clinic . After attending for 6 weeks I started to feel a definite improvement. Three months later I continue to attend and definitely do not now need a knee replacement.”
It was a pleasure to welcome two leading foot and ankle consultants to our clinic this Summer. Mr Andy Goldberg (Wellington Hospital) and Mr Matt Welck (Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital) came to share their expert knowledge about conditions affecting the lower limb and the specialist orthopaedic services they offer patients. Close communication with surgeons and other specialities ensure we can offer our patients the best care, optimising their treatment experience.
In addition, we welcomed Mr Phillip Howath from St John and St Elizabeth’s hospital for our annual basic life support training. He certainly made this enjoyable and we all feel well refreshed on this topic. Regular training helps to keep our patients safe at all times.
Moor Park 10K Funrun
Again, we are pleased to be supporting The Lynda Jackson Macmillan Cancer Centre by providing fundraising pre and post run sports massage at the fun run on 29th September 2019 at Merchant Taylors School. Please do call by and see us. We really do want to raise as much money as we can for this wonderful cause.
New Staff Member
We are delighted to welcome Karen Purnell to the Administration Team at the clinic. Karen has previously worked as a volunteer for various charities and most recently within a respite Day Centre. In her spare time, Karen enjoys fitness and gardening. Karen will be joining the team at the beginning of August 2019.
After 8 years at the Physiotherapy and Rehabilitation Clinic it is with great sadness that we wave goodbye to our Louise. I know our patients will have benefited from her efficient running of all things administrative, and also from her caring and empathetic manner. We will all miss her encyclopaedic knowledge of Rickmansworth, places to go in London and, of course, Elton John! I’m sure she will be in for a cuppa (she knows the kettle is always on) and will be spotted frequently in the high street with her dog Cassie.
Thank you Lou for all of your hard work and we send you our love and best wishes for your adventures to come.
P.S. Thank you to all our patients who signed Louise’s leaving card. She was quite overwhelmed with all of the good wishes from everyone.