Physio - self referral

What is physiotherapy?

Physiotherapy is the prevention, treatment and management of disease and disability using physical approaches, thereby promoting health and well-being for all.

What is the role of physiotherapy in Edinburgh?

The role is to:

  • Provide skilled, accessible and equitable musculoskeletal and rehabilitation services for the population in a variety of out-patient, domiciliary and hospital settings
  • Provide users with timely, individualised and clinically effective care, including preventative care, screening, assessment, treatment and advice to alleviate pain, maximise function and promote self-management

What kind of problems can physiotherapy help with?

A variety of conditions are treated including orthopaedic, musculoskeletal, respiratory, neurological, continence, general mobility, pain, problems of ageing etc. Staff are multi-skilled with extensive experience and expertise in all common areas of clinical physiotherapy management and continuing professional development is considered a vital part of their practice.

Who can access physiotherapy?

All age groups and all clinical conditions are eligible for access to our services. Each case will be assessed in the first instance prior to the development of care plans and ongoing physiotherapy treatment if required.

How can I get physiotherapy?

If you have a muscle, back or joint problem then please look at:

National Musculoskeletal Advice and Triage Service (MATS) If you have had a look at the self management information on this website and you feel it is not really helping you then you should think about calling MATS for additional advice and support:

  • Tel: 0800 917 9390 for musculoskeletal advice and support - trained advisors can direct you to key advice to help you and if required they can refer you for physiotherapy.  Lines are open Monday - Friday, 9 am - 5 pm
    Calls are free from landlines and mobiles.

You must be 16 or over to use this service.

You may refer yourself using the appropriate forms for the following problems:

Neurological problemsNeurological Self Referral Form
For more information see our Neurological Service page.

Bladder problemsBladder self referral 2018-05.pdf
For more information see our Continence Service page.

Walking Aids –  Walking Aid Self Referral Form.pdf (this link will open in a new window - popups must be allowed)
If you require an assessment for a new walking aid please complete this form.


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