Oldham MSK Physiotherapy

Covid-19 update

Due to the safety guidelines put in place due to the COVID-19 outbreak we are no longer currently running our usual schedule of face to face rehabilitation classes.

We provide assessment and treatment of patients with musculoskeletal/orthopaedic problems including back, neck and shoulder pain, soft tissue injuries, and arthritic problems.

Treatment includes manual therapies such as joint mobilisations and manipulation, exercise programmes, acupuncture, electrotherapy and ergonomic advice.

Early Self-Management

Should you unfortunately be troubled with musculoskeletal pain the current research recommends starting gentle exercise as soon as you feel comfortable to. For some useful advice and self-help please click here. 

Clinics are held in three locations across the borough.

General information

Patient parking is available at all of our clinics but please allow time to find a parking space if you arrive by car.

If English is not your first language then an interpreter can be arranged. Please make us aware of this prior to your appointment. We always use trained interpreters as family members may be unfamiliar with some medical terms. Interpreter bookings require 48 hours’ notice.

We are committed to providing a quality and timely service to all our patients.

If you fail to attend your appointment we will assume you don't need treatment.

Please provide 24 hours’ notice if you need to cancel so we can offer your appointment to someone else on our waiting list. 

Failure to do so may mean that you will not be offered another appointment and your referring doctor will be notified of this.

Frequently asked questions

What will happen at my first appointment?

Your first assessment will involve a face-to-face appointment. The physiotherapist will ask you questions about your condition and discuss and agree the best treatment plan with you. This may involve a physical examination. Please bring a list of any medicines that you take. See below about what to wear.

How long does a treatment session last?

Your initial assessment will usually last 40 minutes and the subsequent follow-up treatment sessions will last about 20 minutes. We  operate a strict appointment system so please be on time for your appointment, as we may not be able to see late arrivals.

How many treatment sessions will I need?

There is no predetermined number of treatments for a specific condition. However, following your initial assessment, your physiotherapist will discuss and agree a treatment plan with you and give you an indication of how many treatments you may need. This may include advice and strategies to self manage your problem. Some follow-up appointments may be conducted by telephone.

What will I have to wear?

The physiotherapist may ask you to remove items of clothing e.g.  t-shirt / blouse but they will not ask you to remove your underwear. If you have a back or lower limb problem e.g. knee or hip you may wish to bring shorts to change into. For a neck or upper limb problem e.g. shoulder, you may wish to wear a vest.

Will it hurt?

A physiotherapist’s aim is not to increase your pain. After the assessment and some treatments you may experience short term discomfort which should settle. If the increased discomfort does not settle within 2 days, please contact us for advice. You must tell the therapist if you are experiencing high levels of discomfort during your treatments.

Useful links

My Health My Community

Free exercise videos to suit different personal circumstances that will help with a wide range of conditions.

Chartered Society of Physiotherapy - Your Health

For information about: 

Arthritis Research UK: Arthritis Research UK is the charity leading the fight against arthritis. 

The link provides more information about specific conditions and exercises to help manage your condition.

NHS inform: Providing a co-ordinated approach and a single source of quality assured health information for the public in Scotland.

Shoulderdoc.co.uk: Patient information and professional educational material on shoulder pain and treatments.

The Pain Toolkit: this is a simple information booklet that could provide you with some handy tips and skills to support you along the way to managing your pain.

The truth about back pain (video link): Find out how to cope with and manage back pain.

NHS Choices: General information about physiotherapy and physiotherapists.

More information 

You can receive updates and advice from the team by following them on Twitter @OldhamMSKPhysio

Contact Information

Werneth Primary Care Centre
Featherstall Road South
Werneth, Oldham

Tel: 0161 357 5227 
Parking Available: Yes
Email: physio.therapy@nhs.net

Opening Hours

Clinic times Monday to Friday 8am - 5pm with evening appointments on some days

Referral Methods

  • GP referrals – via electronic referral system
  • Self-Referral –
  • Referral from a consultant from out of the borough
  • Referrals from Pennine Musculoskeletal Service
  • Referrals from other physiotherapy teams within the trust