Physiotherapy Services are accessed by an online self-referral at
You should receive an e-mail confirming receipt of submission. A physiotherapist will assess your form and you will receive an appointment by post.
Or If you are unable to access the form online you can collect a paper copy from the surgery, which you would need to drop into the physio department at Cirencester hospital.
What can I do to help myself in the meantime?
Research has shown that resting for more than a day or so does not help and may actually prolong pain and disability. You may need to modofy your daily activities initially, but the sooner you get back to doing them again, the sooner you will feel better.
Getting stiff joints and muscles working can be painful, but stiffness is a normal side effect and not necessarily a sign of damage. Feeling a bit sore initially is normal and is often a sign that you are making progress.
Changing your sitting position or activity through the day will help to prevent and reduce stiffness. Try to keep active and build up your general activity gradually.
If you have been prescribed painkillers these may help you to return to normal activities. Over the counter painkillers can also be helpful; a pharmacist will be able to advise you on the appropriate tablets.
Hot or Cold
Some people find that a hot water bottle wrapped in a towel on the affected area for 20 minutes can reduce pain, whilst others prefer a pack of frozen peas wrapped in a damp towel for 10-20 minutes.
NB Be aware that hot and cold can burn and that you need to check (every 5-10 minutes) that your skin soes not become very red or blotchy. If this happens stop use.