Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy Service

Our Physiotherapy Out-patients Service provides holistic assessment and treatment for a range of painful joint, muscle and nerve problems

Physiotherapy Service at Cossham Hospital
Who is this service for?

This service is available for people who are registered with a GP in the South Gloucestershire area.  We hold clinics at Cossham, Thornbury & Yate.

What we do

Our Out-patient Physiotherapy Service provides advice, treatment and rehabilitation as appropriate for the following conditions:

  • Joint aches and pains including osteoarthritis
  • Spinal problems including back and neck pain
  • Sporting related injuries or conditions
  • Longer term pain-related conditions
  • Rehabilitation following fracture or surgery

When you attend the service, you will receive a thorough assessment and agree a treatment plan with the Physiotherapist to help you achieve your goals.

How do I access this service?

You can access this service via your GP, consultant or another health professional.  A letter will be sent to you asking you to contact us for an appointment and in due course you will have an appointment at a time, that is convenient to you.

What if I miss an appointment?

It is really important that you let us know if you cannot attend your appointment so that we can offer this to another patient. Wasted appointment slots mean that there is a longer wait for other patients.

What to expect?

You may be sent a questionnaire asking for specific information to bring to your appointment.

The first appointment takes about 30-60 minutes on a one-to-one basis. You will be asked the following questions about your problems which include:

  • What is troubling you?
  • What makes it worse or better?
  • How long have you had it?
  • Have you had it before?
  • Any previous treatments?
  • Your general health?
  • What medication you are on?
  • What are your expectations of physiotherapy?
  • What do you think is the cause of the problem?

After the questions you will have a physical examination appropriate to your needs.

After this we will ask you to set some goals regarding what you would like to achieve from the physiotherapy service e.g.  sleep at night, able to walk.

We will then discuss a treatment plan specifically designed for you which may include exercises.  It is important that you are happy to try these exercises at home to help.

What should I wear?

Bring shorts and a t-shirt if you have them. However you maybe asked to undress to your underwear so that we can assess you fully. If you would like bring a chaperone, please feel free to bring a friend or family member, or let us know beforehand and we will arrange one for you.

What do we offer regarding physiotherapy?
  • Specific exercises for you to do
  • Manual therapy carried out by a therapist (‘hands-on’)
  • Back classes
  • Leg classes
  • Osteoarthritis hip and knee classes
  • Acupuncture for pain relief
  • Transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulator for pain relief TENS
  • Steroid injections for peripheral joints e.g. knees and shoulders
Sirona ‘Star’ Award

Do you know a member of staff within our Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy Service who has gone above and beyond your expectations and deserves to be recognised for delivering an exceptional service? Each month we choose an individual or team to be our Sirona ‘Star’.

Tell us about them today, we would love to hear from you.  You can email us using the form below or drop us a line at the following address: Communications Office (2nd Floor), Kingswood Civic Centre, High Street, Kingswood, Bristol, BS15 9TR.

We will only use these details so that we may get in touch with you to obtain more information about your nomination. We will not use it for any other purpose. You don't have to provide this, but if you do and change your mind you can opt out by emailing: