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Meeting the Physiotherapist

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May 2010

Around here, physiotherapists visit you in your own home. I duly arranged an appointment for when the kids would be at school / preschool, only for them both to be off with impetigo (a harmless but contagious rash). The physiotherapist didn’t seem to mind, and in the event the children both behaved themselves pretty well – it helped that the television was on.

When I made the appointment, there was some doubt (on the pysiotherapist’s part) as to whether or not I was truly in her area. We are in a village close to the Hampshire/Berkshire county boundary, and have a Berkshire postal address. However, despite that, we are definitely in Hampshire, and are certainly covered by the Hampshire NHS trust. Once that had been sorted out, we were okay.

The physiotherapist gave me a few pointers on what I should be aware of: keeping my shoulders strong was, I think, the main one. I have to beware of allowing myself to sag forwards. I need to keep the flexibility in my back – bending, and especially twisting – at the moment, I don’t have a problem there. She also said that there wasn’t a lot she could do to help at the moment. As this is because my symptoms are mild, it is, actually, good.

We talked about the idea of me doing yoga. She said that it was a good idea, and that I would be fine in a normal class; I didn’t even need to tell the teacher of my condition if I didn’t want to. (I couldn’t see any reason not to inform the teacher, though.)

The physiotherapist spotted a problem that I suppose I had been unconsciously ignoring. My left foot (always the left side!) was rolling out and affecting my stance and gait. It was uncomfortable, now that she mentioned it. She suggested that I ask for a referral to orthotics (for a moulded insole to correct this problem). As this seems to be a new problem, and it is on the left hand side, I think it must be related to the Parkinson’s. The physiotherapist wouldn’t, of course, say one way or the other.

Before she left, the physiotherapist asked if I’d seen the Parkinson’s nurse yet. No, I hadn’t. I wasn’t even aware that there were specialist nurses for Parkinson’s. (It seems to have been an oversight on the part of the consultant, as I should have been referred to her.)

As the physiotherapist shares an office with the Parkinson’s nurse, she said that she would set that up. She also promised to send some exercise sheets in the post.

Read ‘Meeting the Parkinson’s Nurse’.


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