Since social distancing was first introduced across the United Kingdom in a response to the covid-19 pandemic, physiotherapy clinics began to reduce patient contact and limit appointments for only the most urgent cases. When the guidelines progressed into a full scale lockdown, all physiotherapy clinics in both the NHS and private practice closed their doors completely.
This left a huge number of people suffering in pain, confused on how to manage their symptoms and unsure where to turn next. ‘Dr Google’ only works to-a-point and unfortunately, the internet contains lots of misinformation.
Your mum’s best friend’s cousin from bingo who had the same problem that you think you have now has recommended a home remedy….but that’s not worked either! So what now?
Physioadvice247.com was conceived and set up in 2017 by an experienced chartered physiotherapist and private practice owner Mark Humphreys. Initially aimed at helping people who work long hours or travel a lot and are unable to attend ‘traditional’ physiotherapy clinics, this service has now become invaluable in the fight against COVID-19.
With clinics closed, NHS 111 overwhelmed and hospitals ‘off limits’ except for the most serious cases, video consultations are proving a Godsend for anyone in pain.
As Mark explains on the www.physioadvice247.com website, ‘In modern clinical practice diagnosis are made by meticulously listening to the history and description of symptoms from the patient, the response to specific further detailed questions and sometimes the use of special movement tests. If indicated, we will then guide you through a self-examination to identify any structures of concern (like tendons, ligaments and muscles).
There is considerable evidence to support this from telephone-based services ran in our own National Health Service, but some of the benefits of a video over telephone consultation are that they allow you to actually show us where the problem is and us to observe how you move in relation to your symptoms’.
Mark continues to explain that due to the current ‘stay at home’ guidance he is seeing a large increase in clients with pain from situations where they are their dining room chair as their new office chair, training too little (or too much), or simply spending too much time on the sofa or in bed.
Established in 2017 www.physioadvice247.com is tried and tested. They offer something unique; using the most up-to-date software to conduct your video consultation allows them to show you on screen pictures, videos and explanations of your diagnosis during the call. It works across all devices from computers, to smart phones and tablets.
You don’t need to be technically-minded, just to have a device with a camera on it and an internet connection. It really is simple and easy to use. Best of all, it’s really affordable at only £20 for a consultation.
Given Mark’s considerable experience and expertise, wherever your pain is and if it’s a new injury or an on-going one, he can help help you stay fighting fit when it matters most!
Check out www.physioadvice247.com today and see how they can help you.
Senior physiotherapist & Director
BSc (hons) Physiotherapy
BSc (hons) Sport & Exercise science