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Orthopaedic Therapy Team

We are a team of 23 staff who work in all aspects of trauma and elective orthopaedic care.

We are comprised of physiotherapists, occupational therapists and support staff. We treat patients immediately after both planned and emergency spinal surgery and we also assist in some spinal clinics. As well as post-operative rehabilitation, we also see patients who have had a variety of traumatic spinal problems, such as fractures and infections. We assess and treat patients across each of the Orthopaedic wards and on some outlying wards as well.

The Orthopaedic Therapy team are proud to be part of an excellent multidisciplinary approach to patient care, working closely with all of our colleagues within the spinal unit and beyond. We are part of a Trust-wide 7-day Therapy service and an extended day service that covers weekend and evening care of patients where appropriate.

Services we offer

  • Rehabilitation post-surgery or traumatic spinal injury.
  • Brace and appliance fitting.
  • Specialised exercise prescription.
  • Referral to specialist and community services.

Elective services (planned procedures)

After your spinal operation it is important to begin mobilisation and gently exercising your spine and the surrounding muscles and joints. This helps to improve your recovery and function after surgery. Below is the post-operative spinal booklet that you will have been issued on the ward. This also contains some advice about when to start certain activities and those to avoid in the initial stages after your operation. Do not complete any of the exercises if you have been advised not to by your ward physiotherapist.

You can also see a demonstration of these exercises in this video.

Advice Line

Telephone: 01473 704380. Telephone messages are checked Monday-Friday, between 8.30am and 4.30pm.

Please contact us if you have had a spinal procedure at Ipswich Hospital and would like some further advice regarding your recovery. For all urgent queries, please consult your GP.

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