At the Physio Crew we understand the importance of great relationship with local consultants, GPs and other healthcare professionals. The SOC day hosted at the beautiful venue of Leigh court offered a content packed day of learning to update on all major body parts.
The day started with a talk on the knee by John Hardy and Mehool Acharya. They gave a overview of their own assessment and things to look out for that are often missed. They are both well known consultants working out of the The Glen (Spire) who offer treatment to both private and NHS patients. They are The Physio Crew’s preferred consultants and should you need onward referral we can put you in touch and explain how you can book in for an opinion.
Secondly Bill Harries and Steve Hepple talked us through the ankle. Reviewing the conditions and gaining a consultant perspective on when to refer for each and what possible surgery could help alleviate pain should conservative management fail. It was great to see that all the consultants encourage the use of physiotherapy first in the following conditions
- Hallux rigidus
- Ankle instability ( 3-6 months of physio before referral for surgical opinion)
- Post traumatic ankle pain
- Ankle Arthritis
- Plantar fasciosis ( formally known as fasciitis)
- Achilles tendinopathy
After a coffee break to mingle with the GP’s and consultants Ian Harding talked us through scoliosis and the surgical possibilities. John Hardy gave us a quick update on fingers which was helpful allowing me to ask appropriate referral for ligament injuries within rugby players (something I see a lot of!) He also talked about the benefits of exercises in early stage Dupuytrens however that if a patient is unable to lie hand flat on a table this is the best time to refer on for a surgical opinion.
The most interesting part of the day for me was a talk by Steve Griffin, a physiotherapy working at Gloucester County Cricket Club. It was a great time to share ideas and gain some practical advice.
Lunch was delicious which is always a sign of a good course! I was able to quiz a sales rep on Shockwave therapy and then ask GPs their needs for physiotherapy and help them understand our role in helping those with musculoskeletal pain.
The afternoon updated us on hips and shoulders and it was great to learn about the framework “Diagnosis of shoulder problems in primary care’ provided by the British Orthopaedic Association commissioning guidelines.
All in all a great day. look forward to attending again later this year.