In January 2019 Cwm Taf Morgannwg University Health Board physiotherapy staff teamed up with Merthyr Tydfil Leisure Centre to provide physiotherapy rehabilitation to patients in the community who need treatment for Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL). ACL is one of the key ligaments that help stabilize your knee joint and one of the most beneficial treatments for this type of injury is strength testing.
A year on and the results and feedback are all very positive. So much so that the service has been extended to patients with other physiotherapy needs and not only those with ACL problems and to those who live in the Cynon Valley.
Physiotherapist Nathan Davies said: “There are many benefits of holding physiotherapy sessions for this kind of treatment in the local leisure centres. The equipment and space is much more suitable for this type of rehabilitation as well as the fact that some people prefer not to be in a hospital setting so they become more relaxed.
“The patients referred to physio are generally referred from their GP, consultant or A&E and are for those that need advanced rehabilitation or have had lower limb injuries and require high strength physiotherapy exercises enabling them to be in a position to return to a sport or hobby”.
Thirty-nine-year old Mark Kelly was referred to physiotherapy for treatment by his GP. Mark said: “I think it’s an excellent idea to hold physiotherapy treatment in the community. I didn’t feel as anxious as I would have if I were attending a hospital appointment and the facilities here are excellent.”
For more information regarding our physiotherapy service visit our website.