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Speed up recovery from your hip replacement at the Bodyworks Clinic

Speed up your recovery from a hip replacement

It was with some horror that I listened to a recent patient inform me that her surgeon here on the coast had advised her to wait 12 weeks before starting rehabilitation and physiotherapy after her hip replacement. 12 weeks! During my military training the physio arrived the first day you woke up after surgery! Move it or lose it! In the UK as a whole the physio is usually heavily…

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Podcast - Healthcare on the Costa del Sol

Podcast Episode 1 – Choosing a Health Professional

Our very first episode! And what better way to start than with how to choose the right person in the first place? This episode is roughly based on my article for the Euro Weekly News called 5 Tips for Choosing a Health Professional and also based on an article our consultant orthopaedic surgeon Dr Jyri Lepisto, wrote some time ago called “10 Tips for choosing a surgeon“. I wanted to…

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Podcast - Healthcare on the Costa del Sol

Introducing our Podcast! Healthcare on the Costa del Sol

Drumroll please! Today we launch the first EVER episode of our new podcast – Healthcare on the Costa del Sol! So you can listen below OR we are on iTunes and Spotify. Please don’t ask me how to do that bit though as I have my in house technical support to do such things! What’s it all about? Over the last 15 years (!) we’ve noticed how many calls and…

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3 S's of successful knee surgery - Bodyworks

Three Simple Steps to successful knee surgery

Surprising topic from me right? But if knee surgery is the best option for you there are 3 simple things that YOU can do to get a better outcome. The 3 S’s of a “happy” knee: Straight Strong (no) Swelling Working to achieve these before and after surgery (ahem or instead of??) will mean that you get the best results. If your knee treatment plan doesn’t include these it’s a…

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6 thing your doctor got wrong about back pain

6 things your Doctor got wrong about back pain

The wonderful, glorious thing about medicine is that it is constantly improving and changing. But it means that keeping up to date on what really works is a job in itself. A British Medical Journal article once estimated that family doctors needed to do 60 hours of reading a WEEK just to have a broad understanding of the changes involved. And that is literally life and death. Is it any…

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The knee-back connection - is your knee causing your back pain?

The Knee / Back Connection

Your body works as a whole unit. A team. And that “work” of moving you forward still needs to be done even if one part doesn’t function that great. So another area picks up the slack. And when that part of the team doing the extra work gets too tired? You get pain. Now, if this is the situation it doesn’t matter how much fabulous treatment you get in the…

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Working as a physiotherapist in Spain

Getting a job as a physiotherapist in Spain

Every year, in January and over the summer I am contacted by physiotherapists who have read this article which I wrote a very looooooooong time ago. So I thought it time to update this a little with the information that I generally add when I get the emails! Estelle Mitchell, a UK-qualified physiotherapist with more than 26 *ahem, it’s more like 40 now! years’ experience, came to work in southern…

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Bells Palsy - physiotherapy and acupuncture can reduce effects

Face Drop – Bell’s Palsy

You’ve woken up and looked at yourself in the mirror, one half of your face has dropped and you are unable to make it move. Your first thought is, “OMG I’ve had a stroke!” Check FAST F – Face drooping A – Arm Weakness S – Speech Difficulty T – Time to call an ambulance (dial 061 in Andalucia) If these don’t apply then you could have a facial palsy…

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5 Reasons your Knee Pain isn't getting better (1)

5 reasons your knee isn’t getting better

I hate it when I hear that people have had “loads” of treatment for a problem but aren’t making progress. What a waste of everybody’s time (and probably money too!). And you, the patient, end up frustrated that you keep doing all the “right” things but aren’t making progress. But don’t give up hope! Because it could be that one of these simple changes could make all the difference. Get…

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Jose and Estelle - our team of physiotherapists

Welcome to Jose Rodriguez Vega

This month we are thrilled to have Jose Rodriguez Vera join us as our new physiotherapist. Jose has completed his physiotherapy training in Malaga, which means he has that magic number here in Spain – a Colegio number (Col No. 29-8325). He is continuing his training with his Masters in Osteopathy. *side note – in Spain you have to be a physiotherapist first and then an osteopath. There isn’t a…

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